Black History Month Overview
David West is asking fans to participate in the Black History Challenge in order to teach families about Indianapolis' rich African-American history.
Brian Shaw - George Taliaferro
George Taliaferro is an alum of Indiana University and played football for the Hoosiers. He played in the All-American Football League as well as the NFL.
DJ Augustin - Wilma Rudolph
Wilma Rudolph overcame her physical handicap and segregation to become a star track athlete. She has been honored with a US Postage Stamp.
Frank Vogel - Tamika Catchings
Tamika Catchings is a star athlete in Indianapolis who shines on and off the court. She started a foundation called Catch the Stars to help disadvantage youth in Indiana.
George Hill - Oscar Robertson
Oscar Robertson is one of the most celebrated athletes of all time including NBA MVP, All-Star and Olympic Gold-Medalist.
Jeff Pendergraph - Anita DeFrantz
An Indianapolis native, DeFrantz won a Bronze Medal with the rowing team in 1976. She was the first African-American woman to represent the USA on the International Olympic Committee.
Miles Plumlee - Bill Garrett
Bill Garrett led Shelbyville to the state championship and was named Mr. Basketball. Later, he became the first Hoosier to become the first Mr. Basketball and coach to win a state championship.
Orlando Johnson - Charlie Wiggins
Wiggins joined the Black Auto Racing League and won 3 years in a row. He pretended to be a janitor at the Indy 500 because his skin color prevented him from working on cars.
Paul George-Oscar Charleston
Charleston joined the US Army at age 15 and played baseball for his regiment. He played and managed teams throughout his career right here in Indianapolis.
IHS’s 2013 Indiana Black History Challenge Explores Outstanding Hoosier Athletes
January 18, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS—Both children and adults can learn about some of Indiana’s most talented black athletes and have the chance to win fabulous prizes with the Indiana Historical Society’s (IHS’s) Indiana Black History Challenge. The 2013 Challenge, presented by the Indiana Pacers and Teachers Credit Union, runs Jan. 21 through Feb. 28.
This year’s challenge encourages the research of outstanding black Hoosier athletes. After using a sports-themed study guide found on the IHS website at www.indianahistory.org/challenge, participants can test their knowledge by taking the online quiz.
Take the Online Quiz at IndianaHistory.org/Challenge »
The first 5,000 entrants receive two tickets to the Indiana Experience. Players who get all 10 questions right will be entered to win a Family Fun Pack grand prize, including four lower-level tickets to an Indiana Pacers game, an overnight stay at the J.W. Marriott, a $50 gift certificate to The Capital Grille, four tickets to the Indiana State Museum, four tickets to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and an IHS household membership. In addition, 30 lucky players will be randomly selected to receive four
tickets to see the Indianapolis Indians play later this summer.
The 2013 Indiana Black History Challenge is presented by the Indiana Pacers and Teachers Credit Union, with special thanks to Indianapolis Downtown Inc., the Indianapolis Indians, Printing Partners and WTHR. Answers to the Challenge questions will be posted on www.indianahistory.org/challenge after Feb. 28.
The Challenge kickoff coincides with IHS’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, presented by IndyGo, which will take place on Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. For more information, contact IHS at (317) 233-4549 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Indiana Historical Society
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor exhibitions called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS and the Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis. For more information, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.