The Black German Cultural Society is holding its first annual convention Friday, August 19 to Sunday, August 21, 2011 at the German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington, D.C. With the theme of “Strengthening Transatlantic Connections,” the convention will host guests and presenters from Germany and the United States.
Between 1945 and 1955, an estimated 67,770 children were born to soldiers of the occupying forces and German women in the Federal Republic of Germany. Of these children, 4,776 children were the children of African American and Moroccan soldiers. There were also “brown babies” born to African and African-Caribbeans living in Germany for various reasons including Hans Massaquoi, who was born in Hamburg, Germany to a German mother and Liberian Vai father. Massaquoi’s grandfather was Momulu Massaquoi, the consul general of Liberia.
Hans Massaquoi (pictured upper right) went on to have a spectacular career with African-American iconic publications JET and Ebony. In his autobiography, Destined to Witness (suggested reading), Massaquoi describes his childhood and youth in Hamburg during the Nazi rise to power. Massaquoi tell considers Germany his homeland.