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1. What is the name of the African-American professional basketball player who was born on this date in 1956? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What was the cause of the clash between Blacks and Whites in Detroit on this date in 1942? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the African American Literature Book Club, what was the title of the book for which Javaka Steptoe received the 1998 Coretta Scott King Award for illustration? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a person born the same year as Adrian Dantley:

1. On this date in 1942, in what city did Blacks & Whites clash over access to new government housing? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to a Great Day in Harlem, in what year was the Count Basie Orchestra founded? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to The Black Collegian Online, what was Jackie Robinson's full name? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a song made famous by the Count Basie Orchestra in 1939 (according to PBS):
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1. According to the University of Houston, what machine patented by Norbert Rillieux in 1846 was responsible for revolutionizing the process of refining sugar?

2. According to the Nation of Islam, what was Elijah Muhammad's name at birth?

3. According to the Detroit News, why were both Blacks and Whites coming to Detroit in such large numbers on this date in 1942?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book illustrated by Javaka Steptoe (according to
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a fine morning, two men of the N W Compy arrve with letters and Sacka comah [saccacommis, the word derives from a Chippewa word, saga'kominagûnj'. Spreng., bearberry or kinnikinick. Bearberry was often mixed with red osier dogwood, referred to as kinnikinick, and smoked ceremonially by the Indians of the plains.] also a Root and top of a plant [purple coneflower] presented by Mr. Haney, for the Cure of mad Dogs Snakes &c, and to be found & used as follows vz: "this root is found on high lands and asent of hills, the
way of useing it is to Scarify the part when bitten to chu or pound an inch or more if the root is Small, and applying it to the bitten part renewing it twice a Day. the bitten person is not to chaw nor Swallow any of the Root for it might
have contrary effect."

Sent out 16 men to make four Perogus those men returned in the evening and informed that they found trees they thought would answer.—

Mr. Gravelin two frenchmen & two Inds. arrive from the Ricara Nation with
Letters from Mr. Anty Tabeaux, informing us of the peaceable dispositions of that nation towards the Mandans & Me ne ta res & their avowed intentions of pursueing our Councils & advice, they express a wish to visit the Mandans, & Know if it will be agreeable to them to admit the Ricaras to Settle near them
and join them against their common Enimey the Souis we mentioned this to the mandans, who observed they had always wished to be at peace and good neighbours with the Ricaras
[Recorees - Arikara Indians] , and it is also the Sentiments of all the Big Bellies, & Shoe Nations

Mr. Gravilin informs that the Sisetoons and the 3 upper bands of the Tetons,
with the Yanktons of the North intend to come to war in a Short time against the nations in this quarter, & will Kill everry white man they See— Mr. T. also informes that Mr. Cameron of St peters has put arms into the hands of the
Souis to revenge the death of 3 of his men Killed by the Chipaways latterly—
and that the Band of Tetons which we Saw is desposed to doe as we have advised them— thro the influenc of their Chief the Black Buffalow—

Mr. Gravilin further informs that the Party which Robed us of the 2 horses laterly were all Sieoux 100 in number, they Called at the Ricaras on their return, the Ricares being displeased at their Conduct would not give them any thing to
eate, that being the greatest insult they could peaceably offer them, and upbraded them.

Ordway: about 3 oClock Mr. Gravelleen and Mr. Roie 2 frenchman came up from the Rickarees 2 of the R. Ree Indians came with them they all Informed us that they Saw the Souix Savvages who Robed our men of the 2 horses, & they said their was 106 in nomber and that they had a mind for to kill our men & that they held a counsel over them whether to kill them and take their arms and all or not. but while they were doing that our men were off and got clear, but they Say if they can catch any more of us they will kill us for they think that we are bad medicine and Say that we must be killed.

Mr. Tabbo a frenchman who is among them & Rick a Rees trading, Sent a letter up to the commanding officers & Mandans chiefs to keep a Good lookout for he had heared the Souix Say that they Should Shurely come to war in the Spring against us and Mandanes. in the evening the men returned who had been
cutting trees to day for the perogues. they Said they had Several good trees cut, but
had Broke Several of their axes.—

Gass: Sixteen of us went up the river about six miles, where we found and cut down trees for four canoes. While we were absent an express arrived from the Rickarees village with news that the Sioux had declared war against us, and also against the Mandans and Grossventers. They had boasted of the robbery of the 14th at the Rickarees village in their way home, and that they intended to massacre the whole of us in the spring. By this express we therefore found out that it was the Sioux who had taken the horses from our men.

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Reubin Field and Collins set out this morning early on a hunting excurtion up the Netul.

Kus ke-lar a Clatsop man, his wife and a Small boy (a Slave, who he informed me was his Cook, and offerd to Sell him to me for beeds & a gun) visited us to day they brought Some anchovies, Sturgeon, a beaver robe, and Some roots for Sale tho' they asked Such high prices for every article that we purchased nothing but a part of a Sturgeon
for which we gave a fiew fishing hooks. we Suffered them to Stay all night.

Shields Jos: Field and Shannon returned late this evening haveing killed five Elk tho' two of them are of a mountain
at a considerable distance. we ordered these hunters to return early in the morning and continue the hunt, and Sergt. Gass to take a part and go in quest of the Elk which they had killed. the hunters informed us that the Elk is tolerable plenty near the mountains about nine or ten miles distant.

Kuskalaw brought a dog which Peter Crusat had purchased with his Capo which this fellow had on.

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 11/07/05 Clatsop County, Oregon Fort Clatsop Native Americans
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