“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.
“City Unmasked” – A Book and Documentary Premiere
Humanities Council of Washington, DC
Friday, May 1, 2009
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
in cooperation with the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC
Moderator: Breyuna Williams, Miss Black D.C. 2009
• Samuel Biyo, Soul of the City Student
• Martin Klimke, German Historical Institute
• Anke Ortlepp, German Historical Institute
• Priscilla Ward, Soul of the City Student
• Ellie Walton, Chocolate City, Filmmaker
• Chuck Brown (“The Godfather of Go-Go” )
Go-Go is a genre of funk music developed in and around Washington, DC.
About Soul of the City
Soul of the City is a leadership program geared toward the development of D.C. youth as tomorrow’s leaders and community innovators. Soul of the City is designed to guide young adults to take pride in their neighborhoods and their city and to be informed, confident and able to speak out as community leaders.
The program is a week-long, intensive exploration by Washington, D.C. students and their environment. It has evolved into a 2-tiered academy where experience Soul of the City alumni begin research and leadership development months in advance.
Incoming students (aged 14-18) are then guided by their peers and by humanities experts to explore the various themes throughout the week.
Soul of the City Students’ Transformative Documentary:
"City Unmasked" (2009)