At Cerulean, we’ve been celebrating Black History Month and we created a spot quiz that we thought you might like to conclude your celebrations, teaching and learning. 

We published the questions in our last article, and now here are the answers!

Hope you enjoyed our quiz, we’d love to hear how you’ve been celebrating Black History Month, get in touch.


1. Who holds the men’s world record marathon time of 2:01:09?

Eliud Kipchoge

2. Which Dame won two gold medals at the Athens Olympics in 2004?

Dame Kelly Holmes

3. Who was the first black woman to win Wimbledon?

Serena Williams 

4. Who famously won the 1936 Olympic 100m?

Jesse Owens

5. Which pioneering black footballer links Tottenham Hotspur, Northampton Town and Rangers?

Walter Tull


1. Who was the first Black woman to win best actress Oscar?

Halley Berry

2. Who’s first feature film was ‘She’s Gotta Have It’?

Spike Lee

3. Which Film starring Sidney Poitier won the Best Film Oscar in 1967?

In the Heat Of the Night

4. Who was the first black woman to achieve an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony)?

Whoopi Goldberg

5. Which MCU film is the ninth-highest grossing film of all time, with $1.347 billion worth of ticket sales?

Black Panther


1. Which famous New York rapper has the most Grammy nominations of any artist? 

Jay Z

2. Which jazz legend was also known as Satchmo?

Louis Armstrong 

3. Which Welsh singer has sung the ‘James Bond’ theme three times?

Shirley Bassey

4. Who holds the record for all-time Spotify streams – Drake, the Weeknd, or Beyoncé?


5. Who sang I Feel Love, one of the first ever electronic dance songs?

Donna Summer


1. Which nurse saved more lives than Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War?

Mary Seacole

2. Who made the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech in 1963?

Martin Luther King

3. Who was the first black woman MP?

Diane Abbott

4. Which 14th century Malian king is described as ‘the richest man in history?’ 

Mansa Musa

5. Who led the Haitian revolution?

Toussaint L’Ouverture 

Arts and literature

1. Who wrote ‘The Fire Next Time’?

James Baldwin

2. Who wrote ‘Beloved‘?

Toni Morrison 

3. Who was the first black woman to win the Booker prize?

Bernadine Evaristo

4. Who wrote the poem ‘Phenomenal Woman‘?

Maya Angelou 

5. Which black feminist writer always wrote her pen name in lowercase? 

bell hooks