In the 1980s and 1990s, Black German women began to play significant roles in challenging the discrimination in their own nation and abroad. Their grassroots organizing, writings, and political and cultural activities nurtured innovative traditions, ideas, and practices. These strategies facilitated new, often radical bonds between people from disparate backgrounds across the Black Diaspora.
Tiffany N. Florvil examines the role of queer and straight women in shaping the contours of the modern Black German movement as part of the Black internationalist opposition to racial and gender oppression. Florvil shows the multifaceted contributions of women to movement making, including Audre Lorde’s role in influencing their activism; the activists who inspired Afro-German women to curate their own identities and histories; and the evolution of the activist groups Initiative of Black Germans and Afro-German Women. These practices and strategies became a rallying point for isolated and marginalized women (and men) and shaped the roots of contemporary Black German activism.
Richly researched and multidimensional in scope, Mobilizing Black Germany offers a rare in-depth look at the emergence of the modern Black German movement and Black feminists’ politics, intellectualism, and internationalism.
Introduction: A ‘Black Coming Out’
Chapter 1: Black German Women and Audre Lorde
Chapter 2: The Making of a Modern Black German Movement
Chapter 3: ADEFRA, Afrekete, and Black German Women’s Kinship
Chapter 4: Black German Women’s Intellectual Activism and Transnational Crossings
Chapter 5: Diasporic Spatial Politics with Black History Month in Berlin
Chapter 6: Black German Feminist Solidarity and Black Internationalism
Epilogue: Black Lives Matter in Germany
Tiffany N. Florvil is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of New Mexico.
A Black Perspectives Best Black History Book of 2020
— A Black Perspectives Best Black History Book of 2020