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Did you know that bid whist is an African game? Or that MLK wasn’t responsible for the March on Washington? Read on for more black history facts we bet you didn’t know.

There’s A Reason Why Your Grandmother Plays Bid Whist

African-Americans brought the Turkish game with them during the Middle Passage. Slave owners tried to stamp out many of the games, songs and instruments slaves brought with them from Africa.

But they allowed slaves to keep playing the card game because they thought the counting skills would help the slaves count the cotton bales they produced.

The Turkish card game grew with the African-American population and evolved into the modern card games Bid Whist, Spades and Bridge.

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