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African American history featured in “Black Scholars Bowl” in Alabama

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Theresa Burroughs of Alabama won the Congressional Gold Medal for her role in the 1965 voting rights marches in Selma

Black college students across the state are preparing for a special academic competition. Undergraduates will compete in the second annual Black Scholars Bowl this Saturday. The University of Alabama, Alabama State, Stillman College, Shelton State and Alabama A & M will all be represented at the event. Participants will answer questions related to African American history. Deja Evans is the captain of UA’s Black Scholars Team. She says the event is the perfect way to kick off Black History Month.

“To start off our black history month with something educational, but also to expand our knowledge past the well-known African American figures,” said Evans. “We expand past that into lesser known figures because all of it is important and they all played a role.”

Evans adds this event is a sign that the University of Alabama is becoming more inclusive.

“On the same campus where education was denied to African American people, we’re now inviting them to come and watch us compete on the topic of our history. I think that’s amazing, that’s a complete 180 in the right direction,” Evans contended.

A trivia contest associated with the event challenged readers with questions like… “Toni Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988 for what novel?” (It was “Beloved.” Or, what black artist holds the record for longest running number one album of all time?” (It was Michael Jackson.) The Black Scholars Bowl will begin at nine a-m Saturday.

Libby Foster is a news intern for Alabama Public Radio.
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