A new photo exhibition titled “The Civil Rights Struggle: African-American GIs and Germany,” has opened at the University Museum. The exhibit includes some stunning images illuminating the experiences of African-American GIs during World War II and the impact those experiences had on the Civil Rights Movement.
The exhibit will be open Feb. 8 through March 14 and you can see more information about the fascinating project here: http://www.aacvr-germany.org/AACVR.ORG/. The project is a joint effort by the museum, the Croft Institute for International Studies and the African-American Studies Program in celebration of Black History Month.
In an article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, project historians Maria Hohn, an associate professor at Vassar College, and Martin Klimbe, of Heidelberg University and the German Historical Institute in Washington, said their research is intended to ” call attention to this underappreciated chapter of American history.”
They added the online archive contains “digitized materials from the National Archives and the records of various civil-rights organizations. It also includes material from private collections on both sides of the Atlantic. Furthermore, we selected sources from a wide range of private, state, and local archives in Germany related to the civil-rights struggle of African-American GI’s stationed in that country and the overall perception of the civil-rights movement in East and West Germany during the Cold War (we are in the process of uploading these). A rich collection of underground newspapers, posters, and flyers from the Archive for Soldiers’ Rights in Berlin, for example, provides clues to the breadth of activities of African-American GI’s and demonstrate the many alliances among German activists and citizens during the 1960s and early 1970s.”