Black History Game is a printable educational game that features inspiring people who have changed the world while often working against racial prejudice. They are scientists, explorers, artists, activists, and more. They come from different social classes and different parts of the world. What unites them here is that each of them did something extraordinary—and they worked hard to get there.
Black History Game is a variation of a classic guess-who game, encouraging players to use deduction to guess the card of their opponents. Instead of focusing on appearances though, this game encourages the focus on accomplishments! The main accomplishments are explained through the symbols on the cards, as well as in the short biography texts.
Read more about how to play the game here.
5 Reasons to Play Black History Game
- to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of people of African descent
- to bring awareness to the struggles that they have faced through centuries of racial prejudice
- to tell about some inspiring firsts (did you know who was the first female self-made millionaire in the USA? who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics? )
- to touch on some interesting social history facts (regretfully, many of them involve examples of racial mistreatment)
- to encourage players’ interest in learning more—and if they do, there are blank cards at the end of the game so that they can add more characters!
Black History Game Features
- twenty inspiring Black people, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, Jesse Owen, Mae Jemison, George Washington Carver, and more
- forty double-sided character cards, each featuring a full-height illustration of those mighty people along with some of their notable accomplishments
- twenty biography cards, each featuring an illustration, a quotation, a short biography, and a timeline of the most important events and accomplishments in their lives
- blank templates to make your own cards or complete research on more amazing people from Black History
- twenty big posters to play the game in a classroom or to decorate with
- rules for a two-player game, a big group, and a classroom
How to Play the Black History Game
Each player gets a set of twenty cards and one biography card of the mystery person that their opponent needs to guess. They take turns asking yes/no questions about their opponent’s mystery person and eliminating the possibilities. Whoever can name the opponent’s mystery person first wins the round and gets that mystery person’s card, and whoever collects five cards first wins the game!
These are the rules for the basic Black History game, which you can find here. This listing is for the full version, which works with these rules, but also comes with alternative rules for playing in a bigger group. Thanks to the included posters, which can be arranged on a whiteboard or a table for everyone to see, the full Black History game can be played in a classroom or at an event, and several people can take turns asking questions.
Read more about how to play it here.
By the way, if you want more cards, consider pairing this game with Amazing Women: Guess Who Game!
More Black History Activities
Celebrate Black History by learning about a selection of inspiring Black people from the past and present with this Black History lesson bundle of printable games and educational materials! The students will play games, make paper dolls, colour posters and finish by making their own project dedicated to an inspiring person. 120 pages total.
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