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1. Who initiated the first National Negro Week on this date in 1926? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. In what year was Juwan Howard born on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to his scholastic biography, how many years did Christopher Paul Curtis work on the assembly line at the Fisher Body Plant? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book by Christopher Paul Curtis (according to KidsReads):

1. Why is this date celebrated in Grenada as Independence Day? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the U.S. Army, when was Hazel Johnson-Brown chief of the Army Nursing Corps? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the University of Virginia, how old was Carter Woodson when he graduated from high school? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name (not including middle initial) of an astronaut who was a member of the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger on this date in 1984 (according to NASA):
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1. According to the New York Times how large was the deficit that Tiger Woods had to overcome to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on this date in 2000?

2. According to the Heisman Trophy website, how many total points did Ernie Davis receive in the voting for the 1961 Heisman Trophy?

3. According to the Freeman Institute, why did Carter Woodson choose the second week of February as National Negro Week?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a musical written by Eubie Blake (according to the Kennedy Center):
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: This morning was fair Thermometer at 18° above naught much warmer than it has been for some days; wind S. E.

continue to be visited by the natives. The Sergt. of the guard reported that the Indian women (wives to our interpreters) were in the habit of unbaring the fort gate at any time of night and admitting their Indian visitors, I therefore directed a lock to be put to the gate and ordered that no Indian but those attatched to the garrison should be permitted to remain all night within the fort or admitted during the period which the gate had been previously ordered to be kept shut which was from sunset untill sunrise.—

Ordway: pleasant & warm. the Savages continue comming to See us and to get blacksmiths work done &.C.—

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: This evening Sergt. Ordway and Wiser returned with a part of the meat which R. Fields had killed; the
ballance of the party with Sergt. Gass remained in order to bring the ballance of the meat to the river at a point agreed on where the canoe is to meet them again tomorrow morning.

This evening we had what I call an excellent supper it consisted of a marrowbone a piece and a brisket of boiled Elk that had the appearance of a little fat on it. this for Fort Clatsop is living in high stile.

In this neighbourhood I observe the honeysuckle common in our country I first met with it on the waters of the Kooskooske near the Chopunnish nation, and again below the grand rappids In the Columbian Valley on tidewater. The Elder also common to our country grows in great abundance in the rich woodlands on this side of the rocky Mountains; tho' it differs Here in the colour of it's berry, this being of a pale sky blue while that of the U' States is a deep perple.

The small pox has distroyed a great number of the natives in this quarter. it prevailed about 4 years since among the Clatsops and distroy several hundred of them, four of their chiefs fell victyms to it's ravages. those Clatsops are deposited in their canoes on the bay a few miles below us. I think the late ravages of the small pox may well account for the number of remains of vilages which we find deserted on the river and Sea coast in this quarter.—

Gass: The morning was fair, and all hands engaged in bringing in the meat; we got some to the fort; but myself and part of the men had again to encamp out. It rained hard and we had a disagreeable night

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