Kinston, NC (March 2, 2012) Friends of the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library in conjunction with the 250th Anniversary of Kinston Committee recently sponsored a Black History Knowledge Bowl. On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, students at Sampson School participated in the competition that included many areas of Black History, including culture, politics, and science. There were also questions about local Black History to join in Kinston’s 250th Anniversary.
There were two divisions in the competition—middle school and high school. Antuan Hawkins from Neuse Regional Library and the Black History Committee, headed by Lendell Wayne, organized the event. The purpose of the Black History Knowledge Bowl is to help students understand how much African Americans have prospered since slavery. As a result of determination and perseverance, the Black experience and successes were written into history books devoid of any notable recognition. The Black History Knowledge Bowl is also designed to instill a strong sense of self-worth, self-pride, and self-determination for all students by learning from the past to make better decisions for the future.