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In the United States February has been celebrated as Black History Month for the past four decades or so, with schools, media, institutions and celebrities taking the opportunity to highlight the accomplishments and historical experiences of African Americans. In recent years, Germany has joined a number of other countries, namely Canada and the UK, with its own Black History Month events.
In Germany, people with a black African background use the term “Afrodeutsch” or “Schwarz” to identify themselves. Their ethnic backgrounds are varied: many are immigrants or children of immigrants from African countries, some with one white German parent; others are the children or descendants of black US soldiers who were stationed in Germany as far back as the 1950s. It is impossible to say how many black Germans there are, however; in 2008, Spiegel magazine used the number 500,000, though ethnicity is not officially counted.
We are certain that you will enjoy them and for those who were unable to be with us this year, we hope that they will inspire you to join us in 2014.
AMHERST, Mass.—In an effort to recognize a relatively young academic discipline that many in the academy have never heard of before, nearly a hundred students and scholars gathered at Amherst College over the weekend to discuss their research and ideas for how to grow Black German Studies.
This marks the third year that the Black German Heritage & Research Association sponsored the international conference, which highlighted a variety of interdisciplinary topics ranging from Black Germans during the Third Reich to their ongoing presence in German theater.
Like African American, Women and Queer studies, Black German Studies has an admitted social justice focus, says Dr. Sara Lennox, a professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an early founder of the Black German Studies movement in the U.S. “We’ve made the field legitimate. You can now do this work and get tenure,” says Lennox, who was chiefly responsible for jumpstarting the Black German Studies concentration at UMASS Amherst. “It’s kind of a burgeoning field and movement. The other thing that’s really cool is there is a pretty strong connection between activism and scholarship and a really strong connection with the experimental … Black Germans talking about their stories.”
German Colonialism and the Concept of Transnational History
Organized by Clelia Caruso (GHI) and Uwe Spiekermann (GHI)
In 1897 Chancellor von Bülow claimed “einen Platz an der Sonne” (a place in the sun) attempting to justify the recent and, as it turned out, comparatively short-lived German imperial ambitions. By the end of World War I, Germans colonial endeavors were already a thing of the past. The former German colonies quickly merged into other European empires and German society was hardly influenced by the brief imperial episode – or so it seemed. Following the lead of recent scholarship on transnationalism the lecture series “The Aftermath of German Colonialism” reopens the case. Historians from Germany and the United States will explore whether and to what extent imperialism shaped Germany and its former colonies and possibly continues to do so.
All lectures begin at 6:30 pm (refreshments will be served from 6:00 to 6:30 pm) and will be held at the German Historical Institute, 1607 New Hampshire Avenue NW (Directions). Please RSVP (acceptances only) by Tel. 202.387.3355, Fax 202.387.6437 or E-mail.
February is Black History Month. Check out an interactive calendar of important events in African-American history.
The bookends of the NAACP’s century testify to the change it has wrought.
In 1908, a race riot in Springfield, Ill., left at least seven people dead and led to the birth of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In 2008, Barack Obama, who had launched his campaign just blocks from where Springfield’s blood once spilled, became the first African-American president.
In between, wielding legal arguments and moral suasion in equal measure, the NAACP demanded that America provide liberty and justice not only for blacks, but for all. Now, its very achievements have created a daunting modern challenge as the NAACP turns 100 on Thursday: convincing people that the struggle continues.
“When I was in college, I could see signs that said ‘white’ and ‘colored’ when I went to the movie theater. That was an easy target for me to aim at,” says Julian Bond, chairman of the NAACP board. “Today, I don’t see those signs, but I know that these divisions still exist … and it’s more difficult to convince people that there’s a problem.”
Benjamin Todd Jealous, the new president and CEO of the NAACP, says his greatest obstacle is “the lack of outrage about the ways that young people and working people are routinely mistreated.”
He cites figures such as a 70 percent unsolved murder rate in some black communities, blacks graduating from high school at a far lower rate than whites, and studies showing that whites with criminal records get jobs easier than blacks with clean histories.
“There are issues of basic fairness, obstacles to opportunity, that still exist,” Jealous says. “The NAACP is needed now as urgently as it has ever been.”
No one group did more to pave the way for Obama’s ascension than the NAACP, historians say, pointing to its primary role in three towering civil rights victories — the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education school desegregation ruling, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
But now that the black son of a poor single mother has moved into the White House, a new era has clearly begun.
“We’ve got to rise to the occasion today,” says former NAACP board chairman Myrlie Evers-Williams, who was married to the slain civil rights icon Medgar Evers.
“We cannot continue to sing ‘We Shall Overcome,’” she says. “It’s a dear, valued, valuable song that expresses a time that should live with us. But I want a new song.”
The first incarnation of the NAACP was the Niagara Movement, a 1905 conference of prominent blacks led by the scholar and activist W.E.B. DuBois. After the Springfield riots, Niagara members joined a group of mostly white Northerners to form the NAACP on Feb. 12, 1909 — the centennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.
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Black Media Watch 2 Brothers Keepers HIP HOP Press Conference 2007 Afro deutsch Black German Afro German cyberNomads AFROTAK Black Diaspora Afrikanische Diaspora Black Culture
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Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas