Black his­tory quiz bowl Satur­day

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Can you name t he African-Amer­i­can who in­vented the cash reg­is­ter? An­swer: F. A. Hi­lyer.

That’s just one of the ques­tions to chal­lenge three teams com­pet­ing in the sixth an­nual African- Amer­i­can His­tory Chal­lenge Bowl spon­sored by 100 Black Men of Chat­tanooga and the Bessie Smith Cul­tural Cen­ter on Satur­day, Feb. 17.

The quiz bowl starts at 4 p.m. at the cen­ter, 200 E. M. L. King Blvd ., and is free to spec­ta­tors.

“The African-Amer­i­can His­tory Chal­lenge Bowl is a chal­leng­ing and fun way for our stu­dents and the au­di­ence to ex­pand their knowl­edge of African- Amer­i­can his­tory and the re­la­tion­ship to all cul­tures and eth­nic groups in this highly com­pet­i­tive event,” says Ersk­ine Oglesby, 100 Black Men of Chat­tanooga pres­i­dent.

The ex­clu­sive re­source book used for the com­pe­ti­tion is “Life Upon Th­ese Shores: Look­ing at African- Amer­i­can His­tory, 1 5 1 3- 2008” by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

A team from Brain­erd High School is back to de­fend its 2017 cham­pi­onship. Com­pet­ing with them will be teams from Tyner Academy and East Ridge High School.

Mem­bers of the win­ning team re­ceive a cham­pi­onship cup to be dis­played at their school Ersk­ine Oglesby, cen­ter, pres­i­dent of the 100 Black Men of Chat­tanooga, with Dereke Townsend, left, and Early McCul­lum, win­ners of last year’s African-Amer­i­can His­tory Chal­lenge Bowl. The two teens com­peted at the 2017 Na­tional Cham­pi­onship in New Or­leans. and an all- ex­pense- paid trip to Fort Laud­erdale, Fla., in June to the 100 Black Men of Amer­ica Inc. 35th In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence.

Sec­ond- and third­place fin­ish­ers will also re­ceive t ro­phies. All par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dents are awarded cer­tifi­cates of merit ac­knowl­edg­ing their achieve­ment.

For more i nfor­ma­tion: www. 100bm­chatt. org.

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