Rosemarie Peña

Rosemarie Peña, is founder and president of the Black German Heritage and Research Association (BGHRA) and Adjunct Professor of German Studies at the UBC- Vancouver in the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern Europe.

Rosemarie’s research explores displaced childhoods; particularly, the historical and contemporary intersections of adoption a child migration from the standpoint of her personal journey as a member of the postwar cohort of dual heritage Black transnational adoptees from Germany to the US. She is a devoted single mother of two adult children and is in reunion with both her maternal and paternal first families residing in Germany, France, Sweden and Senegal.



Carmen Geschke

Carmen Geschke is founder and President of Protec Enterprises LLC, a Greer SC based company founded in 2004. Protec Enterprises offers multiple production capabilities and performs all types of quality services, from delivery to inspection to rework, as well as Quality Management, internal and external. 

Protec Enterprises is ISO 9001 :2000 certified, as well as a Minority Business Enterprise certified with CMSDC and a Women owned business certified with WBENC Previously she was Vice President Finance for a German based Automotive Supplier in Michigan and held the Controller position for an Automotive company located in Duncan, SC.

A native of Germany, she is a graduate of VWA Stuttgart, a Wirtschafts- & Verwaltungsakademie where she received a degree in Accounting. She was married to Michael Geschke an Automotive Engineer, now widowed, they have one son, Sven, who is a LAN-Engineer and has joined Protec Enterprises in 2009. She is a US citizen and resides in South Carolina.


Leroy Hopkins

Dr. Leroy Hopkins is a local historian, Millersville University professor emeritus of German, and Lancaster resident. He received his bachelor’s degree from Millersville and his Ph.D. at Harvard University.

Over the last 40 years, Professor Hopkins has been collecting, researching, and writing about Lancaster’s African American history. He has published nine articles in The Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society. He has stepped down from his role as president of the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania to do extensive research for his latest passion project: a documentary on African Americans’ history in Lancaster county.



Katrin Bahr
Bassirou Camara
Oxana Chi
Angelica Fenner
Tiffany Florvil
Sonya Donaldson
Alicia Ellis
Angelica Fenner
Tiffany Florvil
Emily Frazier-Rath
Keith Green
Silke Hackenesch
Natasha A. Kelly
Kevina King
Sara Lennox
Adrienne N. Merritt
Obenewaa Oduro-Opuni
Vanessa Plumly
Ruth Spencer
Daphne Warren
Jamele Watkins
Layla Zami



Alle lernen Deutsch Committee (ALD) of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)
Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture (ASAC)
Diversity, Decolonization and the German Curriculum
Georgiana Simpson Society
H-Black Europe: H-Black-Europe is H-Net’s Network dedicated to the study of Europe and the Black Diaspora.

*The BGHRA is a 501c3 Tax Exempt Organization*

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