How is Black History Month celebrated

Black History Month

“Universities are white institutions only during the day [...] Both patterns of exclusion [racism and sexism] are still very effective in higher education in German-speaking countries. The number of female professors remains consistently low compared to other European countries. We don't even need to talk about the number of black and people-of-color professors or scientific BPoC staff in permanent positions at technical colleges and universities.Prof. ' Dr. ' Maisha-Maureen Auma. Daily mirror December 18, 2020 


On the historical context and history of meaning of the so-called Black History Month:

Worldwide, the achievements of black people are celebrated in Black History Month. Black History Month was first held in Germany in February 1990 by the Initiative of Black People in Germany e.V. (ISD) celebrated. Its origins are in the USA. It was there that Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland founded what is today ASNLH,meanwhile:Association for the Study of African American Life and History, ASALH, which is dedicated to the research and promotion of Afro-Americans and people with an African background. First held as a week-long event in 1926, Black History Month developed.

Black people in Germany have a long history, but it is hardly anchored in the public consciousness. E.g. schoolbooks for history or German address the Afro-German movement insufficiently or not at all. The movement was heavily inspired by the Afro-American feminist Audre Lorde (film reference), who lived in Berlin in the 1980s. May Ayim & Katharina Oguntoye also revolutionized the black German self-image in 1986 in their book: "Confess color - Afro-German women on the trail of their history". The resistance to racist alien names and the strengthening of an Afro-German community is just as important a part of black German historiography as the resistance to colonialism and its legacy in today's society, e.g. currently with the renaming of street names. Existing deficits in the educational structures and in society as a whole about black German history, past and present, require attention: Beyond the 28 days of Black History Month.



Related Links:

Solidarity with Prof. ' Dr. ' Maisha-Maureen Auma. An open letter: We need critical research on racism. 02/09/2021 here

Each On Teach One e.V. Information and event information in February 2021 here

Video contribution by RosaMag (2020) - Lifestyle magazine for Afro-German women * and friends - "Rosapedia: What is Black History Month?"

Online discussion event on "Racism in the Science System" on February 24th, 2021 for more information here