The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany

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September 8, 2011
October 28, 2011
The Sonja Haynes Stone Center, Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum
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150 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

African American GIs GermanyThe Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum at the Stone Center will feature this groundbreaking exhibition including photos, cartoons and political posters that tell an intriguing story of how American and German history became intertwined with the struggle for civil rights.

Curator Maria Höhn has published numerous articles in both the United States and Germany on the topics of Americanization, German gender politics after the war, German attitudes toward race and antisemitism in the postwar years, and the interaction of German and American forms of racism. Her book, GIs and Fräuleins. The German American Encounter in 1950s West Germany, was published in German in 2008. She co-edited, together with Seungsook Moon, a volume that compares the impact of U.S. military bases on gender and race relations in West Germany, South Korea and Japan. Together with Martin Klimke, Höhn is currently writing a history of the experience of African American soldiers, activists and intellectuals in Germany during the 20th century, entitled From DuBois to Obama: The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany.

The exhibition will run from Sept. 8 to Oct. 28 and will open with a free reception and talk by Höhn on Sept. 8 at 7:00 pm. The gallery will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays (closed on University holidays).

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