On Saturday, Feb. 15, fifty middle school students from across the Tulsa Public Schools district and area charter schools showcased their knowledge of African American history in the 26th annual Robert I. Mayes Sr. Ebony Awareness Bowl. The Tulsa Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. hosted the half day event in the Selman Room at the Education Service Center.
Competing by school, students answered questions in a “Jeopardy” style quiz bowl about prominent African Americans and their contributions in the areas of arts, business, politics, sports, and much more. Questions ranged in difficulty from “Who was the first African American to play professional basketball in the NBA?” to “How many African American scientists participated on the Manhattan Project? Students also answered questions about the role of African Americans in Oklahoma history. Students had spent several weeks studying in preparation for the event.
“So very little time is spent learning African American history in school, so the goal of the Ebony Awareness Bowl is to bring attention to African Americans that have had an impact across our nation,” said event organizer Dwayne Henderson.
After three rounds and nearly 100 questions answered, students from Legacy Charter School won over students from Carver Middle School with a score of 140 to 90. Each student of the winning team is awarded $100. Students on the second- and third-place teams received $75 and $50 each, respectively.