Young women and men displayed an impressive range of historical knowledge at the 5th Annual Black Knowledge Bowl. The daylong event was held at Manpower Group with 14 teams of high school age youth taking part.
The young participants listened to hip hop artist Chico Monolo and storyteller Teju demonstrate how spoken word reflects and influences history and culture. The youth then worked on cultural projects including collages and spoken word pieces on their own which they later presented to their peers.
The Black Knowledge Bowl also featured a spirited competition between the teams that tested them on a wide range of Black History. Teams from Riverside High School, the Boys and Girls Club and Madison High competed in the finals. Riverside won the Championship, outlasting in sudden death the defending champs the Boys and Girls Club with Madison High earning the third place trophy.
The young people showed off a wide range of academic achievement and creativity through the Black Knowledge Bowl and many they couldn’t wait until next year’s event. The day was organized by the Social Development Commission in partnership with Manpower Group, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, Sam’s Literacy Foundation, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Social Development Foundation, Landmark Credit Union and Cousin’s Subs. The goal of the Black Knowledge Bowl is to recognize the knowledge and creative achievements of Milwaukee’s young people and encourage their efforts to fully realize their potential.