The 100 Black Men of Chattanooga in partnership with Bessie Smith Cultural Center is hosting its 6th Annual African American History Challenge Bowl. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Bessie Smith Cultural starting at 4 p.m.
"The African-American History Challenge Bowl is a challenging and fun way for our students and the audience to expand their knowledge of African-American History and the relationship to all cultures and ethnic groups in this highly competitive event," said Erskine Oglesby, president of the 100 Black Men of Chattanooga.
The exclusive resource book for the competition is entitled “Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008” by cultural writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
All participating students are awarded Certificates of Merit acknowledging their achievement. The second and third place finishers receive trophies and awards. The winners each receive a trophy, awards and an all-expense paid trip to represent Chattanooga in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. on June 15-19 at the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. 35th Annual International Conference. The winners of the National Competition in the past have received additional awards and scholarships and it is the expectation this will continue.
The winning school will be presented with the Championship Cup that will be displayed at their school for the 2018-2019 school year.
Last year’s winners was Brainerd High School’s Early McCullum and Dereke Townsend and they competed in the National Championship in New Orleans, La.
To become a sponsor please call 821-6700 or for more information visit the website at www.100bmchatt.org.