‘Brown Babies’ of the Second World War



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A talk by author Lucy Bland, drawing on research from her book Britain’s ‘Brown Babies’: The stories of children born to Black GIs and white women in the Second World War.

The talk will focus on the children born to Black GIs and local women in Liverpool and Merseyside, during the Second World War. 'Brown Babies', a term coined in the 1940s by the African American press, referred to approximately 2,000 babies, born from relationships between Black GIs and the white women they met while stationed in the UK.

During this talk Lucy will also be joined by Liverpool-born people identifying with the term ‘Brown Babies’, who will present their own lived experiences of growing up in all-white and predominantly racist environments.

Lucy Bland is Professor of Social and Cultural History at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

No booking required.

Museum of Liverpool will also host a pop-up display exploring this history between 2 and 17 October.