“I had lain on the beach many times, but never before with a white girl [...] No one stared as we lay on the beach together, our skins contrasting but our hearts beating identically and both with noses on the center of our faces. Odd, it seemed to me, that here, in the land of hate, I should find this all-important phase of democracy. And suddenly I felt bitter.“
William Gardner Smith about the experience of black GIs in Germany, from The Last of the Conquerors (1948)
"Ein Hauch von Freiheit" (Breath of Freedom)
December 16, 10:05pm CET on Arte
"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
"Freed's enduring photos of march part of exhibit"
„Heldin des anderen Amerikas“
für Angela Davis, 1970–1973.
“The Civil Rights Struggle, African American G.I.'s, and Germany“
Photographs and Oral History at the University of Mississippi Museum
February 8 - March 11, 2011
February 8, 2011
Introduction by Maria Höhn (Vassar College)
The Croft Institute (University of Mississippi) has partnered with the African-American Studies Program to bring to campus a collection of photographs and oral history about the experience of African-Americans in Germany during the Second World War and throughout the struggle for Civil Rights. The exhibit, created by Maria Höhn of Vassar College and Martin Klimke of the German Historical Institute and HCA Heidelberg, shows how Germany emerged as a critical point of reference in African-American demands for an end to segregation and for equal rights. We are very proud to be able to bring this international perspective on an important aspect of American history to the U.M. community.
University of Mississippi Museum
University Avenue and 5th St.
Oxford, MS 38655
Molly Dyal: African American Soldiers in WWII Exhibit at Ole Miss
The Mississippian Daily - February 25, 2011
Molly Dyal: African American Soldiers in WWII Exhibit at University Museum