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1. In what year did Martin Luther King, Jr. become an ordained Baptist minister on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Who was sworn in as the first African-American Congressman on this date in 1870? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Library of Congress, what composition by W.C. Handy changed the course of American popular song? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a professional basketball team for which Lenny Wilkens played (according to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame):

1. In what case did the U.S. Supreme Court uphold Affirmative Action on this date in 1987? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Library of Congress (Today in History), in 1752 Benjamin Banneker built a clock entirely out of what material? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. On what date did Muhammad Ali knock out George Foreman in Zaire? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a composition by W.C. Handy (according to the Library of Congress):

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1. According to the Freeman Institute, from what university did Carter Woodson receive his Ph.D.?

2. According to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, what year was Lenny Wilkens enshrined in the Hall of Fame as a coach?

3. According to the United States Congress, why was there a two-day delay before Hiram Revels' could be sworn in as a member of the U.S. Senate in 1870?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1932 Chicago Defender newspaper article written by Carter Woodson (according to Chicago Public Library):
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: we fixed a Windlass and Drew up the two Perogues on the upper bank and attempted the Boat, but the Roap which we hade made of Elk Skins proved too weak & broke Several times night Comeing on obliged us to leave her in a Situation but little advanced—

we were Visited by the Black mockerson Chief of the little Village of Big Bellies [Hidatsa or Gross Ventre Indians], the Cheif of the Shoe Inds and a number of others those Chiefs gave us Some meat which they packed on their wives, and one requested a ax to be made for hies Sun, Mr. Bunch, one of the under traders for the hudsons Bay Companey— one of the Big Bellies [Hidatsa or Gross Ventre Indians] asked leave for himself & his two wives to Stay all night, which was granted, also two Boys Stayed all night, one the Sun of the Black Cat.

Ordway: all hands employed fixing the road and gitting rollers. brought up the peaces for the windless and all things Got ready to hall up the pearogues on the high bank. in the afternoon we halled up the 2 perogues without any difficulty. one of them we halled up without the help of the windless. we then made an attempt at the Barge but our Rope which was made of elk Skin broke Several times. we mended it Got hir cleverly Started. night came on and obledgd. us to leave hir laying on the Skids.—

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: It continued to rain and blow So violently that there was no movement of the party to day. the Indians left us in the morning on their return to their village.

Willard Somewhat worse the others are on the recovery.

we are mortified at not haveing it in our power to make more Celestial observations since we have been at Fort Clatsop, but Such as been the State of the weather that we have found it utterly impractiable—.

I purchased of the Clatsops this morning about half a bushel of Small fish which they had cought about 40 miles up the Columbia in their scooping nets.

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