[Local events] Ika Hugel-Marshall reading, Tuesday Nov. 8

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Thu Nov 3 08:02:08 PST 2005

Invisible Woman: Growing Up Black in Germany

Reading and booksigning with author
Ika Hugel-Marshall

Tuesday, 8 November 2005 at 4:00 p.m.
Buckley Center 163
University of Portland

Ika Hugel-Marshall was born in Germany in 1947 to a white German mother 
and an Afro-American father. Initially, she grew up with her mother, but 
from her sixth to her fifteenth year of life she was raised — as were 
many Afro-German children of her generation — in a children's home. 
After finishing school, she studied social work and education and then 
worked with children and young people. Later she worked as the media 
spokeswoman for the Orlanda Women's Press. When she was 39 years old, 
she finally met other Afro-Germans and became 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.

Ika Hugel-Marshall will read from her autobiographical book Invisible 
Woman: Growing Up Black in Germany and engage in a discussion on her 
life and the situation of Black Germans.

Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages, the Department of 
History and Political Science, and the Offices of Multicultural Programs
Contact: Dr. Laura McLary, mclary at up.edu, 503-943-7255

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