Black History Month: A Quiz
Test your knowledge
with this Black History Month quiz!
provided at bottom of this newsletter.
the Senate Armed Services Community that he would urge black youths to
the draft unless discrimination was banned?
was the only Southern state to permit slave enlistments in the military
was the first Black-owned company to be traded on the New York Stock
was the first all-Black religious denomination in the United States?
European nation was the first to stop trading African slaves to the
United States in 1794?
was the only other black actress to win the Academy Award for Best
Supporting Actress Oscar since Hattie McDaniel in 1939?
sang Martin Luther King, Jr.'s favorite gospel song, "Precious Lord,
Take My Hand," after his funeral
procession in 1968?
the eighteenth century, what colony was the leader in the slave trade?
the nineteenth century, how many states had lows prohibiting
state east of the Mississippi was the first to give African American
women the right to vote, 1913?
the nickname for the all-Black 332d Fighter Group of the U.S. Army Air
which escorted Allied bombers through European airspace on 1,578
during World War II?
hymn, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," by James
Weldon Johnson, was meant to celebrate whose birthday?
in the Negro Baseball League for 25 years, developer of the bat-badger,
and drooper, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971 - name
worked as an elevator operator for four dollars weekly, he achieved
upon publication of Lyrics of Lowly Life in 1896.
holds the record of 100 points scored in a single NBA game?
a 1792 discriminatory law against Blacks in the new U.S. military,
of the country's armed forces began to enlist free blacks in
tennis champion and golfer earned her place in the Black Hall of Fame
founded the first major African American nation union, the Brotherhood
of Sleeping Car Porters?
founded the National Negro Business League?
76, this former slave and eminent scientist narrated a 1940 documentary
his struggles and successes to a young boy pondering the options for
|First Law Library Groundhog Day
Chili Cook Off a Success
| Several members of the Law Library
Staff helped contribute to the chili cook off on February 2 in order to
make it a great success. Mrs. Myrtle Miller, Circulation Manager, said
of the event: "It was different -- it was an experience for the first
time having anything like that." A diverse assortment of chili was
available for tasting by student workers and staff members throughout
the chilly afternoon. From James Donovan's "pot o' chili beef" to Beth
Holmes' traditional family recipe to Pam Brannon's white seitan chili,
there was something on hand for everyone's taste.
As everyone sampled the spread of vegetarian and meat chili, they had
the opportunity to vote for their favorite top three. In the end,
Professor Ann Puckett won first place with her popular ground turkey
chili, Anne Burnet's vegetarian chili flavored with Tecate beer came in
second, and Maureen Cahill's eggplant vegetable chili with definitely a
bit of a kick came in third.
As David Rutland, Circulation Assistant, commented: "It was a great
idea. Let's do it again!" -- hopefully the tradition of celebrating
Groundhog Day with a bowl of hot, spicy chili will be carried on for
years to come here at the Law Library.
Database: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978
of our newest research
databases is the U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs,
features a fully searchable database of 350,000 separate documents
approximately 150,000 Supreme Court cases. The search capabilities
researchers to focus on full text, specific keywords or phrases, author
or organization), case name, court term year and document filing date,
or U.S. Reports citation number.
does this database stop at 1978 you might ask? Both Lexis and Westlaw
provide access to the U.S. Supreme Court briefs after 1978. Lexis
coverage begins January 1979 for all cases granted certiorari and the
briefs are posted within 6 weeks of publication (Filename: BRIEFS).
Westlaw coverage of merits briefs begins with the 1990-91 Term;
coverage of amicus briefs begins with the 1995-96 Term (Database:
SCT-BRIEF). Both services include some state supreme court briefs as
and records are probably one of the most under appreciated and under
of research resources. "Briefs and records can potentially
who have a similar case with much of their research and a list of
that have or have not impressed an appellate court." J. Myron
et. al, Fundamentals of Legal
Research 456 (1994). Briefs and records
fill in missing facts and essential background for researchers
a court opinion. They may also suggest arguments you had not
database is very easy to search. You can
browse alphabetical lists for known case names or authors. Use phrase
by putting W1 between the search words. For example, "constitutional W1
" means find constitutional "within 1 word of" limitations. It also
the system that constitutional must proceed limitations. The Advanced
lets you string together several phrases or combine keywords with
Try U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs for your next research
Database: Public Documents Masterfile
| The Law Library has recently added
Public Documents Masterfile to its collection
of databases. This resource aims to be a comprehensive index of
federal, state, local, and international public documents, spanning
over 200 years of publication. It allows a user to search across
millions of records using title, author, subject, publication date,
index terms, Sudoc numbers, or Monthly Catalog entry numbers.
Significantly, this database represents the first availability of
electronic searching for the oldest U.S. federal documents.
Right now the index includes over 3,000,000 records, most of which
represent U.S. federal government documents. During 2006, records will
be added for individual U.S. state and Canadian province documents, and
for British, German, U.N., Canadian, Italian, European Community,
French, and Spanish documents. This resource promises to greatly
simplify any research project involving public records.
to Black History Month Quiz
African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME)
Washington Carver (also the figure in the photo above!)