“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)
"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.
October 7 - November 7, 2010
This exhibition illustrates the transnational story of the African American freedom struggle. Curated by Maria Höhn (Vassar College) and Martin Klimke (German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C. / Heidelberg Center for American Studies, University of Heidelberg), it is part of a larger research project on “The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany,” which was honored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) with the 2009 Julius E. Williams Distinguished Community Service Award.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Institute of European Studies and the Doe Memorial Library at UC Berkeley.
On view at the library’s Bernice Layne Brown Gallery from October 7 to November 7, 2010.
Sundays - Fridays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For a PDF version of the exhibition poster, please see here.
Exhibition Opening & Lecture:
October 7, 2010
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Co-authors Martin Klimke and Maria Höhn discuss their book, “A Breath of Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany“ and introduce the exhibit entailed, “The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany“ held in the Brown Gallery of the Doe Library.
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