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“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)

 




NEWS:

New 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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New Article:
"Freed's enduring photos of march part of exhibit"
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New 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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News Archive

Below you will find a list of news items related to African-American soldiers and civil rights.

Press coverage about our project itself is listed in our press section.

For news videos, please click here.


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2013:

Davidson (NC) - Davidson College
February - March 2013
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2012:

Maitland, FL - The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida
September - November 2012
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Video of roundtable discussion with veterans in Lancaster, PA
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New Oral Histories online
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2011:

Lancaster, PA - Franklin & Marshall College
November 03 - December 31, 2011
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Chapel Hill, NC - University of North Carolina
September 8 - October 28, 2011
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Athens, GA - University of Georgia
March 24 - July 31, 2011
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Oxford, MS - University of Mississippi
February 08 - March 11, 2011
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San Francisco, CA - African American Arts & Culture Complex
January 13 - April 22, 2011
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2010:

“Songs for the Unsung“ Performance
Armed Forces Retirement Home, Washington, DC - December 9, 2010
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“Revolutionary Alliances: Black Power and Germany“

Panel Discussion with Kathleen Cleaver & Barbara Easley Cox
Vassar College - November 15, 2010
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Berkeley, CA - University of California
October 7 - November 7, 2010
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Maria Höhn Wins DAAD/GSA Prize for the Best Article in the German Studies Review

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GHI Receives 2010 Partner Award of the Humanities Council
July 30, 2010
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Vernon Baker, Belated Medal of Honor Recipient, Dies at 90
July 2010
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Marvin Gilmore Honored for WW II Military Service
May 20, 2010
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Attorney General Eric Holder Addresses the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 2010 Days of Remembrance National Tribute Dinner

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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House Resolution Recognizing the Difficult Challenges and Heroism of Black Veterans

February 24, 2010
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Black veterans fought bigotry and the enemy during World War II: Black History Month
By Brian Albrecht
Cleveland.com - February 21, 2010
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2009:

The Difficult Identities of Post-War Black Children of GIs
By Stephanie Siek
Spiegel Online International - October, 13, 2009
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Rudi Williams: NAACP Salutes DoD's Equal Opportunity Efforts at Annual Convention
American Forces Press Service - July 21, 2009
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NAACP Honors Transatlantic Research Project with Julius E. Williams Distinguished Community Service Award
NAACP Centennial Convention - July 14, 2009
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African-American D-Day veterans celebrate Barack Obama's trip to Normandy, by Philip Sherwel
Telegraph - June 6, 2009
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Brian Knowlton: Forgotten Battalion’s Last Returns to Beachhead
New York Times - June 5, 2009
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Gert Schramm: Der Schwarze, der Buchenwald überlebte
SZ - June 5, 2009
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2008:

Black Veterans groups commemorate President Truman integrating the military
U.S. Army, Freedom Salute, Press Release - July 25, 2008

Military history milestone remembered in Baltimore
U.S. Army, Freedom Salute, The Salute Newsletter - Spring 2008

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2007:

Avis Thomas-Lester: Tuskegee Airmen Receive a Nation's Salute
Washington Post, March 30, 2007
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WWII G.I. Babies: Children of the Enemy
By Mary Wiltenburg and Marc Widmann,  Spiegel Online, February 1, 2007
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2005:

African-American Soldiers in World War II Helped Pave Way for Integration of US Military
Voice of America - May 10, 2005

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2004:

Phil W. Petrie: NAACP Has Long History of Commitment to Black Soldiers
The Crisis -  March/April 2004

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1971:

World: Black Explosions in West Germany
Time Magazine - September 21, 1970
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