Think you know something about black history in Florida. Well, take this quiz, and let’s see what you’ve got under the cap. It’s only 10 questions, and the chance to learn more.
— Douglas C. Lyons, founder of www.blackinfla.com.
1.) Name the first black man to step foot on Florida soil?
a.) Juan Carolos
b.) Juan Garrido
c.) Juan de la Santadimingo
d.) Juan Ortega
2.) What was an early destination on the Underground Railroad?
a.) Fort Mose
b.) Fort Myers
c.) Key West
d.) Negro Fort
3.) Zora Neale Hurston lied about her age to get an education?
4.) Name the Floridian who would earn the nickname ‘The Admiral.’
a.) Guion Buford
b.) David “Chappie” James
c.) James Perry
d.) David Robinson
5.) What black Oscar winner was born in Florida?
a.) Cuba Gooding Jr.
b.) Hattie McDaniel
c.) Butterfly McQueen
d.) Sidney Poitier
6.) Name the city that boasts Florida’s first black man and woman to state Legislature in the modern era.
b.) Key West
7.) Who was called the ‘first martyr’ of the Civil Rights Movement?
a.) Medgar Evers
b.) Martin Luther King
c.) Harry T. Moore
d.) Juliette Hampton Morgan
8.) What was the name of the school that would become Bethune Cookman University?
a.) Bethune Cookman College
b.) Cookman Institute
c.) Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls
d.) Daytona Normal & Industrial Institute
9.) Who are the Mascogos?
a.) Front line of the 1984 Florida State University football team
b.) Descendants of the Black Seminoles
c.) Name of inhabitants of the Negro Fort
d.) Nickname for black soldiers in the Battle of Olustee
10.) In what Florida city did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wage a campaign against states rights?
c.) St. Augustine
1.) B. — Juan Garrido, a conquistador born in Africa, is the first black man to set foot in Florida and the New World in 1513 when and an expedition that included Juan Ponce de Leon first set foot on what would be the Sunshine State.
2.) A. — Fort Mose, just outside of St. Augustine, became a destination for runaway slaves from the American colonies when Florida was Spanish territory.
3.) A. — True. Zora dropped 10 years off her age as a young woman in Baltimore to qualify for a scholarship and a chance to pay for a college education.
4.) D. — David Robinson, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and star in the National Basketball Association with the San Antonio Spurs, was born in Key West.
5.) D. — Sidney Poitier who won an Oscar for his role in Lillies of the Field, was born in Miami.
6.) C. — Miami residents elected Joe Lang Kershaw in 1968 and Gwen Sawyer Cherry two years later in 1970.
7.) C — If there were a title of “First Civil Rights Movement Martyr,” it would belong to Harry T. Moore, a schoolteacher who founded the NAACP Florida State Conference and among other things organized campaigns to register black voters and raise black teacher salaries during the 1940s.
8.) C. — In 1904, Mary McLeod Bethune opened the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Girls. Subsequent growth and mergers would lead to university status and the 2007 re-naming, Bethune Cookman University.
9.) B — These Seminole Indians descendants live in Mexico and remain in close contact with Black Seminoles in Texas.
10.) C — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. launched a campaign in St. Augustine to draw attention to opponents of civil rights.
So, how did you do? If you scored:
8 to 10 — You know your stuff! Congratulations.
6 to 8 — You obviously cracked a book or two.
4 to 6 — Need more black history in Florida schools.
0 to 3 — ‘Flori-duh!’ C’mon. You can do better.
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