Invisible Woman: Growing up Black in Germany

09/25/2012 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Invisible Woman: Growing up Black in Germany

a reading by Ika Hügel-Marshall   

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Multicultural Community Center
Hearst Field Annex-D
UC Berkeley

Hearst Field Annex-D is right between Barrows Hall and Bancroft Ave, and next door to the Hearst Memorial Gym.

This reading is a companion event to the film screening of Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years scheduled for 6:30 pm in 145 Dwinelle Hall on the same day.   

Ika Hügel-Marshall was the child of an African-American serviceman and a white German woman. Born and raised in post-Hitler Germany, she tells about her experience of anti-Black racism and how she came to terms with her identity as an Afro-German. Only at the age of 39 she met other Afro-Germans and was involved in setting up the "Initiative of Black Germans" (ISD). In 1993, she found her father in Chicago and met him and his family - a most profound experience.

Books will be available for purchase at the reading.


"An impassioned memoir of growing up postwar Germany...a lyrical record of hurts endured and hard lessons learned...A searing indictment of racism and institutional violence by a survivor."  Kirkus Reviews

Organized by the Center for Race & Gender, Gender & Women's Studies, History Department, the German Department, Comparative Literature, African American Studies, and the Multicultural Community Center