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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Famous Unitarian Universalists

Presented by Kathy Kearns and members of the Womens Group; with Carol Boston, Worship Associate; Dayna Edwards, Director of Multigenerational Religious Exploration; special music by Renee Katz and Ebeth Porter; and guest pianist Markus Williams

Famous UU Jeopardy Game Service—July 26, 2015

Below are the answers and questions (plus a little extra biographical detail) compiled by Kathy Kearns (also known as “Alexa Trebek” for the day) for the Famous UU Jeopardy Game service. Enjoy!


Influential Unitarian Universalists – Most of the information for this was pulled from various web sites that I did not cite.



And let’s not forget https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

1: Suffragettes


$100.  Susan B. Anthony – A) Key spokesperson for the 19th century womens suffrage movement

B) On November 5, 1872, she cast a ballot in the presidential election. On November 28, the fifteen women and the registrars were arrested. She contended that women already had the constitutional right to vote; the court disagreed in United States v. Susan B. Anthony.


$200. Jane Addams – (1860-1935) A) Co-founded Hull House in 1889 and the ACLU in 1920.

B) Jane Adams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.


$300. Lucy Stone – A) Known for keeping her own last name after getting married.

B) I am known as a “Lucy Stoner, because I kept my name when I got married.


 $400 A) Olympia Brown: Ordained a Universalist minister, she was the first woman to achieve full ministerial standing recognized by a denomination.

B) As a young minister, she took an active role in the womens suffrage movement and was one of the few original suffragists who lived to vote in the 1920 presidential election.


$500 Mary Rice Livermore (1820-1905) A) In the 1880’s, she delivered the lecture “What Shall We Do With Our Daughters” over 800 times.

B) In the lecture, she pleaded for educating females in an academic curriculum as demanding as that given any male. National Women’s History Museum web site states, “Mary Livermore’s name should be remembered far better than it is, for the role she played in the Civil War was very similar to that of Clara Barton, and she was a coequal in the Suffrage Movement with Julia Ward Howe and Lucy Stone.

2: You Gotta Fight for Your Right to…

$100. Viola Liuzzo (April 11, 1925 – March 25, 1965) Unitarian Universalist civil rights activist who was killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan after the Selma to Montgomery marches.

Viola was driving back from a trip shuttling fellow activists to the Montgomery airport when she was killed.

You Gotta Fight for Your Right to…

$200. Mary White Ovington 1865-1951 In 1909, she and fellow civil rights reformers established the NAACP.

As one of the groups founders, Ovington became the NAACPs first executive secretary and a member of its board. Her friend W.E.B. Du Bois served as the organizations director of publicity and research and ran its publication The Crisis

You Gotta Fight for Your Right to…

$300 Vashti McCollum  A) Plaintiff in the landmark 1948 Supreme Court case McCollum vs. Board of Education, which struck down religious education in public schools. 

B) Her son attended South Side Elementary School in Champaign, IL. Parents had to choose between Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish religious classes in school. On a side note, when my husband and I lived in Champaign, IL, in the 90’s, I taught for a year at South Side.

You Gotta Fight for Your Right to…

$400 Dorothea Dix (1802-1887) A) Played an instrumental role in the founding or expansion of more than 30 hospitals for the treatment of the mentally ill.

B) Her tireless work and dramatic testimonials highlighted the appalling conditions in existing institutions and promoted the inherent value of compassionate care.

You Gotta Fight for Your Right to…

$500  Special Question: This Paint Brancher is known for working on ________. (Many answers were provided by the audience!)

3: 20th (and 21st) Century

20th (and 21st) Century

$100.Yvonne Seon: (1937-) A) In 1981, she became the first African American woman to be ordained in the Unitarian Universalist Church.

B) She served the Sojourner Truth Congregation in Washington, DC. And she is Dave Chappelle’s mom. (She converted to Islam in 1998.)

20th (and 21st) Century

$200. Frances Moore Lappe (1944-) Was the author of Diet for a Small Planet, the first major book to note the environmental impact of meat production as wasteful and a contributor to global food scarcity.

This is a current topic, but it’s important to note that the book was written in 1971, more than 4 decades ago.

20th (and 21st) Century

$300 Melissa Harris-Perry (1973)---- Hosts a weekend news and opinion television show with a focus on African-American politics on MSNBC

 She wrote the forward for The Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide.

20th (and 21st) Century

$400 Alicia Montgomery–  Senior Editor of the NPR show “Tell Me More”

She is now with NPR’s Identity and Culture Unit. (Member of PBUUC?)

20th (and 21st) Century

$500. Malvina Reynolds – Wrote this popular folk song



The song went on to become the theme song of the first 3 seasons of  the tv series “Weeds.”

4: Potpourri


$100. Louisa May Alcott 1832-1888–A) Author of Little Women

B) She lived across the street from Ralph Waldo Emerson.


$200. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley  (1797-1851) A) Author of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus

B) The idea came after sitting around a log fire at Lord Byrons villa in Geneva, Switzerland. It had been a rainy summer, and the group staying with Lord Byron amused themselves with German ghost stories, which prompted Byron to propose that they each write a ghost story.


$300. Lydia Maria Francis Child, born Lydia Maria Francis (February 11, 1802 – October 20, 1880) A) Wrote one of the earliest American historical novels, the first comprehensive history of American slavery, and the first comparative history of women.

B)Wrote the poem Over the River and Through the Wood about a trip to Grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving.


$400. Eliza Lee Cabot Follen 1787-1860

A) With her husband, she introduced the Christmas tree custom to America.

B) She was also a poet, whose poems include “The Three Little Kittens”


$500. Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910)– A) Wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic

B) She was instrumental in creating Mother’s Day.

5: Trailblazers


$100 Sophia Fahs A) Helped lead a Unitarian religious education revival, including The New Beacon Series.

B) She was ordained in 1959—aged 83—by what is now the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, Maryland, in recognition for a lifetime contribution to the liberal religious movement.


$200 Fannie Farmer (1857 -1915)—A) Her cookbook introduced the concept of using standardized measuring spoons and cups, as well as level measurement.

B) Originally published in 1896 as The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book by Fannie Merritt Farmer, it became the coobook that taught generations of Americans how to cook.


$300 Maria Louise Baldwin (September 13, 1856 – January 9, 1922) A) First African American principal of a school in New England, shortly after Massachusetts schools were integrated in 1885.

B) One of her students was poet E. E. Cummings.


$400 Clara Barton A) Founder of the American Red Cross 

B) Her work during the Civil Ward in nursing soldiers for both the North and the South earned her the nickname “Angel of the Battlefield.”


$500 Elizabeth Blackwell - (1821 –1910) A) The first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the UK Medical Register.

B) Her sister Emily was the third woman in the US to get a medical degree. Their parents must have been so proud!

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