Black History Bowl at Weisser allows youth to shine

| February 26, 2014
Black History Bowl

The participants—youth and adult advisors—in the Sixth Annual Black History Bowl share a collective moment of triumph after the event, which was held Feb. 20 at Weisser Park Youth Center. (Photo: Michael Patterson)

FORT WAYNE—The ancestors no doubt were happy to know last week that they are remembered by the current generation, as evidenced by the stellar performances of the teams participating in the Sixth Annual Black History Bowl, Feb. 20 at Weisser Park Youth Center.

Sponsored by the City of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department and organized in recent years by Michael Ayers, the Black History Bowl gives young people a chance to display their knowledge of black history in a friendly competition featuring teams from area youth programs. This year’s event included teams from Jennings Recreation Center, Weisser Park Youth Center, Cooper Community Center, Sister to Sister, the Fort Wayne Urban League, Boys & Girls Club and the Euell A. Wilson Center. Participants answered questions in a variety of categories—including science, politics, sports and arts to name a few—about famous black people and events in the U.S. and across the world.

Once again, the team from Cooper Community Center turned in a perfect performance in three rounds to capture the Black History Bowl crown. The Cooper Community Center has not missed a question in the competition in the past four years.

Following close behind was the team from the Euell Wilson Center, who only missed one question in this competition. In fact, the Euell Wilson Center has missed only two questions in the past two years.

The team from Sister to Sister to Sister came in third followed very closely by Jennings Center, Weisser Park, Boys & Girls Club and the Fort Wayne Urban League.

All the teams and their adult coaches were recognized at the end of the competition for their dedication along with Dr. Adrian Curry, who served as emcee, Deacon Brian Morgan, who offered the opening prayer and judge Shiela Curry-Campbell and other supporters.

In closing, Ayers noted how large the annual competition has grown and said there already are plans to expand it next year.

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Brenda Robinson is an NNPA Emory O. Jackson award-winning columnist for Frost Illustrated.

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