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BGCS™ Exhibit at Black History & Culture Showcase

The Black German Cultural Society™ at the Black History & Culture Showcase, Philadelphia PA Convention Center. We had a magnificent time educating the public about the first generation, binational, Post WWII US Occupation Afro-German children born in Germany. It was very gratifying to see so much interest in our experiences and history. Thanks to everyone who came out to support us! More photos HERE

The Black History and Culture Showcase was Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27, 2016 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA  11am-6pm.


Black German Cultural Society Display at Black History & Culture Showcase


BGCS™ German ‘Brown Baby’ Exhibit. The display of post WWII Afro-German children has become a popular exhibit at the Black History and Culture Showcase in Philadelphia , PA. Hundreds of people flock to hear about the mixed-race children fathered by African American soldiers in post-WWII Germany; many of whom were adopted by African American families and immigrated to the United States.

German ‘Brown Babies’ Documentary Wins Runner Up Award at San Francisco Black Film Festival

The Black German Cultural Society is proud to announce:

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German ‘Brown Babies’ Documentary directed by Michaela Kirst and starring Henriette Cain and Peggy Blow, wins the Ave’ Montague Award at the San Francisco Black Film Festival.

The Ave’ Montague Award is given to the film that most closely captures the mission statement of the  SAN FRANCISCO BLACK FILM FESTIVAL, which is to celebrate African American cinema and the African cultural Diaspora. The award, named after and in memory of Ave’ Montague, an arts impresario and publicist who created the San Francisco Black Film Festival,  was a vital force in the African American cultural scene.

The documentary, voted one of the must-see films of the SFBFF, has also been awarded the RIAS Berlin Commission TV Award in April 2012.

German Brown Babies, Dir. Michaela Kirst

Baker High School, (Columbus, Georgia ) Alumna, genealogist Henriette Cain and veteran actress Peggy Blow, more than four decades after graduating from high school in the shadow of military installation, Fort Benning, Georgia travel to Germany to reclaim their German heritage. Henriette and Peggy will attended the Father’s Day screening of “Brown Babies.”

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In 1946, the first of the babies fathered by members of the occupying forces are born in war ravaged Germany. Around 5000 of these children have an African-American father and a German mother. Many of these ‘Brown Babies’ grow up in Germany. What nobody realizes, however, is that many more babies were given up for adoption and subsequently went to live with new, Black parents in the USA. Both the American and German governments saw this as a convenient solution to an awkward problem, since the very existence of the ‘Brown Babies’ represented a scandal on both sides of the Atlantic.

The adopted ‘Brown Babies’ grow up thousands of miles away from their real mothers and the country of their birth. Many of them don’t discover for decades that they have a German mother. Others however, can remember all too clearly the derogatory looks they were subjected to in Germany. Even in the USA, these ‘Brown Babies’ weren’t really accepted anywhere – too dark for the whites and too light for the African-Americans.

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‘Brown Babies – Germany’s lost children’ throws light on this dark chapter of German-American post-war history for the first time.