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1. In what year was David A. Payne born on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What was the name of the President of Ghana who was overthrown on this date in 1966? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Black Collegian, in what year did Sojourner Truth address an audience at the White House? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the first name of one of the Marsalis brothers:

1. Which civil war battle began on this date in 1864? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to African American Registry, how did the Tuskegee Airmen get their name? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to Gale Group, who was the trainer who taught Muhammad Ali the science of boxing? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of an August Wilson play (according to his Dartmouth College biography):

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1. According to the African American Registry, why was Lillie Brown sentenced to six weeks in solitary confinement at the Jacksonville State Penitentiary?

2. According to Lincoln Center, for what work did Wynton Marsalis receive the Pulitzer Prize for music?

3. According to his Dartmouth College biography, what knowledge did August Wilson feel his parents withheld from him?

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a boxer to whom Muhammad Ali lost a professional fight (according to the International Boxing Hall of Fame):
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: The Day fine, we Commenced very early to day the Cutting loose the boat which was more difficuelt than the perogus with great exertions and with the assistance of Great prises we lousened her and turned the Second perogue upon the ice, ready to Draw out, in Lousening the boat from the ice Some of the Corking drew out which Caused her to Leake for a few minits untill we Discovered the Leake & Stoped it— Jessomme our interpeter & familey returned from the Villages Several Indians visit us to day

Ordway: a beautiful morning. all hands employed cutting away the Ice from round the Barge. found that the Ice was verry thick clear under hir. we worked hard the water came up in places untill it Got all round hir. towards evening we Got large prizes and put under hir and with much adieu we Got hir started loose and hoisted hir Stern up on the Ice found She had a Small leak where the corking worked out as She came loose. bailed the water out of hir. Got out
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Our Sick are Still on the recovery. Shannon and Labiche returned in the forenoon, they had killed no Elk, and reported that they believe the Elk have returned from their former haunts and gorn further back in the mountains to a considerable distance from this place. this is very unwelcom information, for poore and inferior as the flesh of this animale is, it is our principal dependance for Subsistance.

This evening we were visited by Comowooll the Clatsop Chief and 14 men women and Children of his nation. Drewyer came a pasinger in their Canoe, and brought with him two dogs.

the Chief and his party had brought for Sale a Sea otter Skin, Some hats, Sturgeon and a Species of fish which now begins to run and are taken in Great quantities in the Columbia River about 40 miles above us by means of Skiming or scooping nets. Capt Lewis gave an old Coat and vest for a Sea otter Skin, we purchased Several hads of the Indian manufactry and distributed them among the party. we also purchased a fiew of the Small fish which we found deliciously fine.

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