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“In the closing weeks of the war in Germany, he [the black soldier] was finally given a chance to fight side by side with his white fellow Americans in the same units. […] It is to be hoped that the performance of our soldiers in Europe will move the War department to abolish the color line in the Army. There is no sense in a nation preaching democracy and spending billions of dollars and a million casualties (to date) to achieve it, and then separating its fighting men on the basis of color.”

Editorial, “Negro Soldiers in Europe,” in: The Crisis (June 1945)

 




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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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.

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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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