Looking back at the Black Protest Pop-Up Exhibition (July 19 - July 21, 2017)


The Bavarian American Academy provided in collaboration with the Amerika-Institut at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München space for a one-of-a-kind exhibition from July 19 – July 21, 2017 at the Amerikahaus: the Black Protest Pop-Up-Exhibition.

More than 30 students of the Amerika-Institut at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich displayed their research on the historical context and events that preceded the current “Black Lives Matter” movement.
They have examined underrepresented activists, analyzed art and music of protest, as well as iconic images of African American resistance. They have scrutinized different forms of protest and leadership, and explored the use of and representations in various media.


The Black Protest Pop-Up-Exhibition attracted many visitors with guided tours, poetry and music performances, talks, discussions and a movie screening. All aimed to convey the main finding that slave rebellions or the African-American Civil Rights Movement are not, as often portrayed, closed chapters and isolated events in the history of the United States, but rather a continuous fight for equality and freedom within the American society.


It is the interdisciplinary approach that made this exhibition so unique. The students used written and oral sources and various kinds of visuals for this project.



Download the full exhibition report by the students / Visual Summary (9,4MB)

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