The Ultimate Black History Trivia Book

Curtis Claytor

Publisher: iUniverse Pages: 578 Price: (paperback) $28.99 ISBN: 9781532049880 Reviewed: October, 2018 Author Website: Visit »

Who was the first black licensed attorney in the United States?
What was Ike Turner’s first name at birth?
Who was the most valuable player of the 2015 NBA Finals?

Give up? You’ll find the answers to those questions — and many more— in Curtis Claytor’s educational and entertaining compendium, The Ultimate Black History Trivia Book.

The trivia guru/African-American historian has spent countless hours researching and compiling the 2,000 trivia questions that fill this engaging and entertaining book. His hefty offering presents multiple choice answers to each question. Readers can tackle it by category, as the book is separated into four sections: History, Sports, Music and the Arts.

The author’s research ranges beyond the usual school diet of Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman and George Washington Carver, presenting challenging questions about contemporary pop culture icons such as basketball star LeBron James, rapper/actor Snoop Dogg, actor Denzel Washington and, of course, Oprah. Although Claytor is a student of popular culture, he seems more comfortable in the realm of black history, offering 800 historical questions ranging from the Boston Massacre to the founder of the Black Panther Party.

The Ultimate Black History Trivia Book can provide hours of fun, but it also has practical applications:  Claytor’s research will settle generations of household disputes and misinformation, and educators can unitize its contents to punctuate overlooked or marginalized African-American history figures and events. Questions can also be used as quiz material.

The author often includes, below an entry, the page number of the periodical he used to research that particular question. He also offers a source list and an appendix listing the correct answer to every question at book’s end.

Sports enthusiasts, music and movie lovers and others will find hours of entertainment in these pages— and even casual readers will give it more than a cursory glance. After all, reading trivia is a lot like eating popcorn. One bite, and you’re sure to crave more.

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