PALMDALE – Sixteen students from four schools will face off this coming Saturday at the 3rd Annual Black365 Knowledge Bowl Competition.
The competition kicks off at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at United Christian Fellowship, located at 37419 25th Street East in Palmdale.
Competing high schools include Palmdale High School, reigning champions SOAR High School and Amino Locke High School No. 2 out of Los Angeles. For the first time in the event’s history, a junior high school – SOAR Prep Academy in Lancaster – will enter the competition.
Established by Antelope Valley native and California State University Long Beach graduate, Jamaal Brown, the Black365 Knowledge Bowl Competition is a “Jeopardy-style” black history quiz competition with the top teams being awarded trophies, scholarship money and a chance to earn the title of “Knowledge Bowl Champs!”
Brown said the idea for the competition was sparked by his Black365 Calendar, a 12-month wall calendar that highlights an event in Black History every day. (Read more at www.Black365.us.)
“A lot of the questions, themes and ideas come from the calendar,” Brown said.
Categories for this year’s competition include Living Legends, Conscious Quotations, Outstanding Women, African Flags, Who Am I (photo category), Athletic Feats, No One Ever Told Me, and facts from the month of March in the Black365 Calendar.
These are not your everyday, run-of-the-mill Black history questions, Brown says.
“When you talk to the lay person about Black history you always hear the same individuals – Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, maybe Malcolm X and maybe Madam C.J. Walker,” Brown said. “The purpose of this event is to highlight the fact that there are several areas of world history and life in general that have been positively and profoundly impacted by individuals of African descent.”
Brown said he purposely holds the competition in March because he believes Black history should be celebrated all year round. He also holds the competition in March so that competing students are studying for the competition throughout February – the month traditionally celebrated as “Black History Month.”
“What I’ve effectively done is created 16 Black history ambassadors at four different campuses,” Brown said. “Even if Black history isn’t being spoken of, formally, at schools, I’m certain that these 16 students are carrying the torch of Black history and educating their teachers and peers as they are preparing for this event.”
Sponsorships are still available for the 3rd Annual Black365 Knowledge Bowl Competition, Brown said.
“An account has been created to ensure that this event can be ongoing and continue to flourish and affect more people,” Brown said. “We’re looking to expand it next year to make it a national competition, where we have regional competitions throughout the year and then have the national championship in March. Funds are definitely needed to make that dream become a reality.”
There are established sponsorship levels of $50 (Silver), $100 (Gold), and $250 (Platinum). There is also a “Loving Sponsor” classification where people can make donations from as small $1, Brown said.
To donate to this event or for more information, visit www.black365knowledgebowl.com.