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Afrodeutsche: Blacks in Germany

African-American, Afro Cuban, Afro-German? Today, there are about 200,000 to 300,000 Black people living in Germany. Germany’s Black population comes from all parts of the world; including, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. The oldest population of Black Germans trace their lineage back to 19th century immigrants from former German-controlled colonies.

Read more about the history of Black people in Germany in an excerpt from an article quoted below; taken from, http://german.about.com/od/culture/a/blackhistger.htm.

The history of black people in Germany goes back much further than most people think. One of the first Africans known to have lived in Germany was Anton Wilhelm Amo (1703-1759). Born in what is today’s Ghana, Amo came under the protection of the Duke (Herzog) of Wolfenbüttel in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) and grew up in the duke’s castle. He was both the first African known to attend a German university (Halle) and the first to obtain a doctorate degree (in 1729).

As a professor, under his preferred name of Antonius Guilelmus Amo Afer, he taught at two German universities and published several scholarly works, including a Latin treatise entitled De Arte Sobrie et Accurate Philosophandi (1736, “On the Art of Philosophizing Soberly and Accurately”). Knowing the level of his achievements, it is all the more surprising to learn that Amo returned to Africa in 1747. Most accounts claim the reason for his return to his native Africa was the racial discrimination he encountered in Germany.

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