The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany

Event Occurs:

Thursday, November 3, 2011-Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Join us for an exhibition of photographs of African-American soldiers who served in World War II and were based in Germany (An estimated 2-3 million African-American soldiers served).

The photographs are part of a collaborative project of the German Historical Institute, the Heidelberg Center for American Studies and Vassar College. Central to the mission of the project—which received the NAACP Julius E. Williams Distinguished Community Service Award in 2009—is the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who visited Berlin in 1964 and spoke about the “division of men on the face of the earth.” African-Americans in Germany expressed the tremendous impact the experience had on them.

Curated by Maria Höhn (Vassar College) and Martin Klimke (German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C./University of Heidelberg).

Hosted by the Phillips Museum of Art and co-sponsored by the departments of History, American Studies, German and Russian; Africana Studies, International Studies, and CLAS.

➢ First Friday Reception: Nov. 4 at 4:45 p.m.

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