Rodney Reynolds, American Legacy magazine publisher, believes Black History should be celebrated every day of the year. The quarterly magazine brings stories of great men and women whose struggles, triumphs and accomplishments compose African American history and continue to empower Blacks. AL celebrates an exceptional group of pioneers and leaders whose contributions impacted society as a whole, per its mission statement. Reynolds enhanced his mission by creating and developing a family board game simply called “Know Your History.”
“Know Your History” challenges players’ knowledge of black history facts derived from the magazine’s ten years of informative, inspirational and entertaining articles. Reynolds said the game was born out of a spinning wheel version featured on AL’s traveling museum, simply called the “Know Your History Mobile Truck.” The moving museum features exhibits titled Buffalo Soldiers, Black History in Aviation and Always in Our Sight: The Fight for Civil Rights. The interactive learning vehicle visits U.S. cities throughout the year.
“We saw an opportunity to develop a game based on our magazine… educational and inspiring with the same wisdom. It’s a wonderful learning experience. To win this game you need to read the magazine,” said Reynolds.
To win this game, players answer questions, there’s over one thousand, categorized cards under topics; Science & Technology, Business & Finance, Arts & Entertainment, Sports, Eras & Events and Civics & Politics. A spinning wheel determines the category. The player choses an easy, medium or difficult question, based on their perceived knowledge, and in less than one minute must correctly provide the answer. Hints are available for less movement. That answer moves, via mini replicaAL magazine cover piece, the player around a sturdy board resembling a Black history book, to the winning spot. The Know Your History Game’s appropriate age level, 10 thru adult, provides family bonding, learning and fun.
“Most of the information through the questions and answers I hadn’t heard of in the classroom, nor have I read about. I felt like I learned more by playing the game. I loved the game and found it fun, exciting and educational,” said Bianca Whatley, African American Studies minor, Georgia State University, Atlanta.
Sample medium question: Blues and rock ‘n’ roll singer and guitarist known as “the Originator of rock ‘n’ roll,
Reynolds’s continuing mission to ‘Know Your History’ includes the American Legacy Challenge for high school students. In game show form, the Challenge travels to American cities to encourage students to showcase their knowledge of Black History. Reynolds said it provides an enlightening experience that builds self-esteem, confidence and a cash prize for winners. The Challenge, created by Pedagogue LLC, is based on American Legacy’s Curriculum Guide, 28 enriching lessons that provide recommended course work to be utilized throughout the year.
American Legacy’s ‘Know Your History’ sponsors include, Regions Bank, Pepsico, Kroger and American
To learn more, purchase board game or curriculum guide, check museum schedules, register for Challenge and magazine subscriptions visit americanlegacymag.com and Know Your History, all year.