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“I am happy here in Germany…I got tired of being a second class citizen. I feel like a man now, and people treat me like a man –which is more than I can say about the place where I was born.”

A black GI on his decision to stay in Germany after his tour of duty, from Negro Digest (March 1949)

 




NEWS:

New Documentary:
"Ein Hauch von Freiheit" (Breath of Freedom)
December 16, 10:05pm CET on Arte
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Documentary:
"Breath of Freedom: Black Soldiers and the Battle for Civil Rights" (narrated by Cuba Gooding, Jr.)
Premiers February 17, 8pm ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel
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Article:
"Freed's enduring photos of march part of exhibit"
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Article by
Sophie Lorenz:
„Heldin des anderen Amerikas“
Die DDR-Solidaritätsbewegung
für Angela Davis, 1970–1973.
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New Film:
"The West Point -
Vassar College Initiative"
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A Breath of Freedom
By Maria Höhn &
Martin Klimke
Palgrave Macmillan October 2010
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Events


EVENT HISTORY:

2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

 

2014:

Breath of Freedom (Film Screening)
Foundation for National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC
September 25, 2014, 7:00 pm
> more

 

2013:

“Black Germans in Diaspora,“ 3rd Annual Convention
Black German Heritage and Research Association, August 8-11, 2013, Amherst College, MA.
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“From G.I. Blues to G.I. “
Exhibition at the Alliierten Museum Berlin, starting May 24, 2013
> more

Davidson, NC - Davidson College
February 3 - March 1, 2013
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2012:

Maitland, FL - The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida
October - December 2012
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Fourth Workshop of the YSN “Black Diaspora and Germany“
Performance, Performers, Authenticity, and 'Black' Popular Culture in Germany: From the 19th Century to Now.
The workshop will take place at the Amadeu Antonio Stiftung, Berlin, September 21-22, 2012.
> more

Second Annual Convention of the Black German Cultural Society of NJ
What is the Black German Experience?
History, Performance, Popular and Visual Cultures
Columbia University, New York City
Barnard College, Diana Center Event Oval
August 10-11, 2012
> more

Lecture: The Ramstein II and the ‚Voice of the Lumpen‘:
African American GIs and German Student Radicals (1969-71)

By Prof. Maria Höhn (Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY)
March 14, 2012, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Hörsaal 2106 (Gebäude D), University of Augsburg
> Flyer (PDF)

 

2011:

Exhibition Opening: “The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany“
Roundtable Discussion “America in Black and White: Lancaster Veterans and the Struggle for Racial Equality“
November 3, 2011, 11:30 am -12:35 pm
Moderated by Maria Höhn
Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster (PA)
November 03 - December 13, 2011
> more

Exhibition: An American in Deutschland – Photographs by Leonard Freed
German Historical Institute, Washington DC
Exhibition Opening: September 15, 2011
September 15 - November 15, 2011
> more


Exhibition Opening: “The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany

Introduction by Maria Höhn
September 8, 2011
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (NC)
September 9 - October 28, 2011
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Film Screening and Panel Discussion: “Roots Germania” – A Personal Search for Identity
Speakers: Pia Bungarten and Mo Asumang
August 18, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
GHI Washington, DC
> more

Lecture: “Geteilte Geschichte” – The Black Experience in Germany and the U.S.
Speaker: Noah Sow
August 19, 2011, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
GHI Washington, DC
> more

Workshop with Veterans from the Armed Forces Retirement Home
Convener: Martin Klimke (GHI)
Participants: AFRH residents, Antoinette Ford (Double Nickels Theatre Company), Maria Hoehn (Vassar College), Sarah Barksdale (UNC)
GHI Washington
June 21, 2011
> more

“The Night Malcolm X spoke at the Oxford Union, England: Race Protest in the Subversive Special Relationship“
Stephen Tuck (University of Oxford)
GHI Spring Lecture Series 2011
June 9, 2011

> more

“Black Expatriates and Civil Rights Activism in 1950/60s Ghana“
Kevin Gaines (University of Michigan)
GHI Spring Lecture Series 2011
May 26, 2011

> more

Exhibition Opening: The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany

Introduction by Maria Höhn and Martin Klimke
German Historical Institute London
May 6, 2011
> more

“Global Perspectives on the Black Freedom Struggle“

Manfred Berg (University of Heidelberg)
GHI Spring Lecture Series 2011
April 21, 2011
> more

Gendering the Black Diaspora
2nd DFG Young Scholars Network “Black Diaspora and Germany” Workshop
April 15-16, 2011
> View PDF

“Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960“
Carol Anderson (Emory University)
GHI Spring Lecture Series 2011
March 24, 2011

> more

A Breath of Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany“

A lecture by: Professor Maria Höhn (Vassar College) and Dr. Martin Klimke (German Historical Institute, Washington, DC)
March 23, 2011 - University of Georgia, Athens (GA)
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Exhibition Opening: The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany

Introduction by Laura Stapane
March 15, 2011
Heideberg Ceter for American Studies (HCA), Heidelberg
> more

Panel Discussion: “Radical Liaisons and Race: Germany and the United States in the Global Sixties“

With Maria Höhn, Martin Klimke, Jeremy Varon & Norbert Frei
March 8, 2011, 6-7:45 pm.
Parsons The New School for Design. 68 5th Avenue
> more

Exhibition Opening: “The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany“
Introduction by Maria Höhn
February 08, 2011
University of Mississippi - Oxford, MS
> more

Exhibition Opening: “The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany“
Introduction by Laura Stapane
February, 01, 2011
Bayerisches Armeemuseum Ingolstadt
> more

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2010:

Exhibition Opening:
“The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany“
Introduction by Laura Stapane
December 06, 2010
Hamburg America Center
> more

Panel Discussion with Kathleen Cleaver, Barbara Easley Cox & Martin Klimke:
“Revolutionary Alliances: Black Power and Germany“
Monday, November 15, 2010
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie (NY)
> more

Exhibition Opening & Lecture: “The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany“

By Maria Höhn and Martin Klimke
Thursday, October 7, 2010
University of California, Berkeley
> more


Exhibition Opening: “A Breath of Freedom - Der Kampf um die Bürgerrechte, afroamerikanische GIs und Deutschland“
Introduction by Laura Stapane
Thursday, September 30, 2010
DAI, Tübingen
> more

Exhibition Opening: “African American Civil Rights and Germany“
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Introduction by Laura Stapane
University of Augsburg
> more

Exhibition Opening: “Der Kampf um die Bürgerrechte: Afroamerikanische GIs und Deutschland“

April 07, 2010
Introduction by Laura Stapane
Landeshauptstadt Mainz
> more

Lecture: “Schwarze und Rote Panther: Die afroamerikanische Bürgerrechtsbewegung und Black Power in der Bundesrepublik der 1960/70er Jahre“
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Lecture by Martin Klimke, GHI Washington, DC
America House, Munich, Germany
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Exhibition Opening: “Der Kampf um die Bürgerrechte: Afroamerikanische GIs und Deutschland

Thursday, January 21, 2010
Introduction by Maria Höhn, Vassar College
Photography Exhibition at America House Munich, Germany
> more


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2009:

Exhibition Opening: “African American Civil Rights and Germany - Afroamerikanische GIs in Deutschland

November 26, 2009
Introduction by Maria Höhn and Martin Klimke
November 27 - December 22, 2009
Photography Exhibition at the Vertretung des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz, Berlin, Germany
> more

Exhibition: “The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany“
October 01 - 29, 2009
Photography Exhibition at James W. Palmer III Gallery at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
> more

Conference: African-American Civil Rights and Germany in the 20th Century

(CfP deadline: March 01, 2009)
October 01 - 04, 2009
Jointly organized by the German Historical Institute, Washington DC and Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)
> more


Exhibition:
The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany
Verbandsgemeinde und Stadt Birkenfeld
Exhibition Opening
, August 28, 2009
August 31 – September 25, 2009
> more

Exhibition:
The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany
May 29 - July 19, 2009
Photography Exhibition at the Ramstein Air Base Documentary & Exhibition Center, Ramstein, Germany
> more


XXIV. Black International Cinema Berlin: “A Complexion Change: International & Intercultural Diplomacy“

May 2009
> more


“City Unmasked” – A Book and Documentary Premiere

Friday, May 1, 2009
Humanities Council of Washington, DC
Premiere and Panel Discussion at the German Historical Institute, Washington DC
> more

Black Knowledges, Black Struggles, Civil Rights: Transnational Perspectives

March 25 - 29, 2009
8th International Conference of the Collegium for African American Research, Bremen

“African-American Awareness Day“

March 21, 2009
Frankfurt - AAGE (African-American German Exchange) e.V.

Black Diaspora and Germany Across the Centuries

March 19 - 21, 2009
Conference at the German Historical Institute, Washington DC
> more


Black History Month 2009, Berlin

February 2009
> more


Black History Month 2009, Hamburg

January 31 - March 8, 2009
> more


Exhibition:
African-American Civil Rights and Germany
November 2008 - April 2009
Photography Exhibition at the German Historical Institute, Washington DC
> more


Lecture: Civil Rights and America's Role in World War II

January 13, 2009
Speaker: Harvard Sitkoff (University of New Hampshire)
Lecture at the German Historical Institute, Washington DC
> more


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2008:

Exhibition Opening: African-American Civil Rights and Germany
November 19, 2008
German Historical Institute, Washington DC
> more

Panel Discussion: Martin Luther King Jr. and Germany in the 1960s

November 19, 2008
German Historical Institute, Washington DC
> more


Workshop: 1968 - Forty Years Later

April 12, 2008
Vassar College, Poughkeespie, NY

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