Take the Black Political History Quiz!

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In the spirit of celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday I thought it might be nice to have a short quiz covering all the great strides made on behalf of the black community by the Democrat Party.

It should be a very easy test: I'm sure the kids were already taught about civics & history in public school, and they did have an entire extra day off to study the material 😉

Don't worry, though, this pop quiz won't be graded - think of it as an exercise in "self-enlightenment". Oh, and why not review this quiz again when Black History Month arrives in February?

Disclaimer : I was trained as an Engineer, not a Historian - it would have been quite an effort for me to author this quiz. The quiz below is a modified version of the "Black History Test", formerly available at the National Black Republican Association's website. I added six more questions (9, and 21-25), and gratefully acknowledge all copyrights and trademarks associated with the original work, and thank them for creating it.

NOTE: For more info, visit blackrepublican.blogspot.com
For each question listed below, select either “Democrat” or “Republican”

1. Which Party was founded as the Anti-slavery Party and fought to free blacks from slavery?
Democrat  Republican 

(FYI: One of that Party's original goals was "to prohibit...those twin relics of barbarism - Polygamy, and Slavery.")

2. On January 1, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln signed the "Emancipation Proclamation" that freed the slaves: An event blacks celebrate as “Juneteenth” on June 19th despite the fact that Delaware - Joe Biden's home state - practiced slavery for six more months.
Abe Lincoln was from which political party?
Democrat  Republican 
3. Which political party was responsible for passing the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution granting blacks Freedom, Citizenship, and the Right to Vote, respectively?
Democrat  Republican 
4. The Civil Rights Act of 1866 protected blacks from the “Black Codes”, and the Civil Rights Act of 1875 prohibited racial discrimination in public accommodations. These acts were passed by which party?
Democrat  Republican 
5. Most blacks prior to the 1960’s, including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Booker T. Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were either members or supporters of which political party?
Democrat  Republican 
6. Which is the Party of the founding fathers of the NAACP, or the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People?
Democrat  Republican 
7. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the 1957 Civil Rights Act,
sent U.S. troops to desegregate Arkansas' schools,
established the Civil Rights Commission in 1958, and
appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court which resulted in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision that ended school segregation.
Eisenhower was a member of which political party?
Democrat  Republican 
8. Which political Party, by the greatest percentage of members in Congress, passed the Civil Rights Acts of the 1950’s and 1960’s?
Democrat  Republican 
9. In 1901 Booker T. Washington became the first black person to dine personally with the President at the White House after being personally invited by the President.
President Theodore Roosevelt was a member of which political party?
Democrat  Republican 
10. In 1969 President Richard M. Nixon used the Philadelphia Plan, written by black American Art Fletcher, to define goals and timetables for racially integrating construction workers at a federal construction site: This was the first example of Affirmative Action. Nixon and Fletcher were members of which political party?
Democrat  Republican 
11. President George W. Bush, who appointed more blacks to high-level positions than any president in history, and spent a record amount of money on education, job training and health care to help black Americans prosper, was a member of which political party?
Democrat  Republican 
12. Which Party fought to keep blacks enslaved and was the Party of a radical terrorist group led by former Confederate General Nathaniel Bedford Forrest?
Democrat  Republican 
13. From 1870 to 1930, which party used fraud, whippings, lynching, murder, intimidation, and mutilation to get the black vote, and passed the Black Codes and Jim Crow laws which legalized racial discrimination and denied blacks civil rights?
Democrat  Republican 
14. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and President Harry Truman, who each rejected anti-lynching laws and efforts to establish a permanent Civil Rights Commission, were members of which political party?
Democrat  Republican 

(FYI: The first Anti-Lynching Bill was introduced in 1918 by Republican congressman Leonidas Dyer)

15. President Lyndon Johnson, a Texas native, who called Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “that [“N” word] preacher” because he opposed the Vietnam War, belonged to which political party?
Democrat  Republican 

(BTW: Read how LBJ wanted to give blacks "just enough to quiet them down".)

16. John F. Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil Rights law as a Senator, and as President both opposed Dr. King’s 1963 March on Washington and had Dr. King investigated by the FBI on suspicion of being a Communist:
Which party did John F. Kennedy belong to?
Democrat  Republican 
17. West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd was a member of a radical terrorist group, former South Carolina Governor Ernest “Fritz” Hollings once hoisted the Confederate flag over the State Capital, and Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy called black judicial nominees “Neanderthals” while blocking their appointments.
These politicians were members of which party?
Democrat  Republican 
18. In 1976, during the Nation's bicentennial, President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Gerald Ford was a member of which political party?
Democrat  Republican 
19. President Bill Clinton refused to send troops to Rwanda in 1994 to prevent the genocide of 800,000 blacks, vetoed the welfare reform law twice before signing it, and refused to comply with a court order to have shipping companies stop discriminating against blacks and develop an Affirmative Action Plan.
Is Mr. Clinton a Democrat or Republican?
Democrat  Republican 
20. Which Party is against school choice opportunity scholarships that would help poor blacks get out of failing schools?
Democrat  Republican 

(FYI: During President Barack Obama's administration they repeatedly proposed removed funding for Washington, D.C.'s school voucher "Opportunity Scholarship Program": A program which gave 95% of its money to black and Hispanic students.)

21. Which party takes the black vote for granted without ever acknowledging their racist past or apologizing for trying to expand slavery, lynching blacks and passing the Black Codes and Jim Crow laws that caused great harm to blacks?
Democrat  Republican 
22. President Donald J. Trump reduced the poverty rate among blacks to the lowest in history, allocated more money to historically black colleges and universities than any other president, and enabled the highest rate of small business startups owned by black women.
Is Donald Trump a Democrat or Republican?
Democrat  Republican 
23. In 1869 Mississippi elected the first black American to serve in the US Senate: Hiram Revels. And in 1870 South Carolina elected the first black Americans to the US House of Representatives: Joseph H. Rainey, Robert C. Delarge, and Robert B. Elliott.
These ground-breaking black men were from which political party?
Democrat  Republican 

(FYI: When the Reconstruction ended in 1877 and US Federal troops left South Carolina Robert B. Elliot was forced out of office.)

24. Which political party refused to accept the results of the 1876 Presidential Election until the Reconstruction was ended and Federal Troops withdrawn from the South?
Democrat  Republican 

(FYI: The 'Bargain of 1877' ended Reconstruction, resulted in the Jim Crow Laws, and segregated blacks for over 100 years.)

25. Woodrow Wilson, US President from 1913 to 1921, refused to admit blacks while president of Princeton University, fired blacks from Federal Government jobs as US President, supported the "Invisible Empire of the South", and supported the Science of Eugenics (which promoted mental, physical, and racial purity).
Woodrow Wilson was a member of which political party?
Democrat  Republican 

(FYI: The first motion picture President Wilson viewed in the White House was D. W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation", which the NAACP called "3 miles of filth" )

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Software: D.K. Jordan's Think Again Quiz Maker.
Quiz: "Black History Test", originally from the National Black Republican Association's website. Modified by The MUSEman to include additional questions.

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