February 26, 2009

Black History High School Knowledge Bowl set

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Students from three area high schools have a chance on Saturday to find out which ones really know their black American history.

The annual Southern Illinois University Carbondale James E. Walker Black History High School Knowledge Bowl is set for 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Feb. 28, in the fourth floor video lounge at the Student Center.

Students from Cairo High School, Carbondale Community High School and Murphysboro High School compete in several rounds of questions covering aspects of the history of black America, including cultural and intellectual history.

This year also saw the inaugural Gwen Walker Black History Middle School Knowledge Bowl. The event honors the late Gwen Walker, wife of the late James E. Walker, former SIU president, for whom the high school knowledge bowl is named.

Students from Carbondale Middle School, Elverado Junior High School and Murphysboro Middle School competed in this first-time event. Carbondale walked away with top honors in the middle school competition.

Admission to the knowledge bowl is free.