Knowledge Bowl to pit school against school
Black history competition
High school students from all around Los Angeles County are expected to make their way to Palmdale for the 2nd Annual Black 365 Knowledge Bowl Competition, a “Jeopardy”-style quiz contest based on Black history facts.
The Knowledge Bowl will take place on March 17, beginning at 2 p.m. at United Christian Fellowship, located at 37419 25th St. East, in Palmdale.
School will face-off against school to test their knowledge of Black history in such subject areas as Famous Firsts, Famous Quotations, Who Am I (photo category), Lecturers, African Flags, Inventors, Great African Leaders and Political Prisoners. Winners will receive scholarships toward college and educational expenses as well as prizes and other resources.
Established by Jamaal Brown, an Antelope Valley native and California State University, Long Beach, graduate, the Knowledge Bowl Competition was created to give students a safe outlet to express themselves in a positive way while learning world history.
“It was placed on my heart to create an academic and culturally based quiz competition that would allow students to enhance their knowledge of our history while working collectively with their peers. It shows that we are more than just athletes, drug dealers, gang members and entertainers and it enriches the lives of all who attend,” Brown said. “The name was chosen because February is the month the NFL’s Super Bowl is played, so why not have a Knowledge Bowl?”
Just as in athletic contests, community members, parents and friends often sit on the edge of their seats as questions are being posed during the Knowledge Bowl. From shouting out answers to pondering among team members, students keep the crowd engaged and learning.
A member of last year’s winning team, Jennifer Williams, called it an exciting event, something worth repeating.
“I had a lot of fun. We got a little frustrated at first, trying to get settled and we were nervous. After a while we got relaxed,” she said. “I think it was an amazing experience. I had never gotten a trophy before. I had never won anything like that before.”
Williams, now a senior at SOAR High School, is preparing to take the gold for the second year in a row, sticking with her familiar teammates Emani Stanford, Alexis Hithe, and Sarah Grace.
Other teams for this year’s competition include Amino Locke High School No. 2 of Los Angeles and Knight High School of Palmdale.
Sponsors for this year’s competition include the 365 Days of Black Facts Calendar, United Christian Fellowship, the Antelope Valley Black Chamber of Commerce, and local educators and supporters. Sponsorship is still needed in order to make the event the best one yet.
For more information or to be a sponsor, visit Black365knowlegebowl.com.