PALMDALE – High school students from all over Los Angeles County will make their way to Palmdale next week for the 2nd Annual Black365 Knowledge Bowl Competition, a “Jeopardy” style quiz competition based on Black history facts found in the Black365 Calendar and beyond.
The event is scheduled for 2 p.m., March 17, at United Christian Fellowship, located at 37419 25th St. East in Palmdale.
This year, students will face off, school against school, to test their knowledge of Black history in subject areas like Famous Firsts, Famous Quotations, Who Am I (photo category), Lecturers, African Flags, Inventors, Great African Leaders and Political Prisoners.
Winners will receive scholarships to go toward college and educational expenses, as well as prizes and resources for their future.
Established by Antelope Valley native and California State University Long Beach graduate, Jamaal Brown, the Black365 Knowledge Bowl Competition was created to give students a safe outlet to express themselves in a positive way while learning world history.
“It was placed on my heart to create an academic and culturally based quiz competition that would allow students to enhance their knowledge of our history while working collectively with their peers; show that we are more than just athletes, drug dealers, gang members and entertainers; and enrich the lives of all who attend,” Brown said.
High school senior and member of last year’s winning team, Jennifer Williams said it was an exciting event, something worth repeating.
“I think it was an amazing experience,” she said. “I’ve never won anything like that before.”
A student at SOAR High School, Williams is preparing to take the gold for the second year in a row, sticking with her familiar teammates Emani Stanford, Alexis Hithe, and Sarah Grace.
Other teams for this year’s competition include Amino Locke High School No. 2 of Los Angeles and Knight High School of Palmdale.
Sponsors for this year’s competition include the 365 Days of Black Facts Calendar, United Christian Fellowship, the Antelope Valley Black Chamber of Commerce, and local educators and supporters.
For more information or to sponsor this event, visit www.black365knowledgebowl.com.
View video from last year’s event below.