HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Teenagers from across the Pine Belt gathered at the Hattiesburg Library this morning for an annual competitive event on African-American history. The 21st Black History Bowl featured a half-dozen teams from churches and other organizations.
Team members answered questions concerning several areas of history, from sports and politics to the military and pop culture.
Several guest moderators were on hand to ask the questions, including Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree.
"History is what we are, it's where we come from, it's what we really are about," said Dupree. "And I think everybody needs to know their race and the ancestors and what they've achieved," said Dupree.
"We do this because we like to learn about the past lives of our ancestors and what they went through to get us to where we are today," said Ryserrio Thomas, a 16-year-old competitor from Bethlehem Baptist Church in Wiggins.
The event was sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
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