Britin Sharon Dodua Otoo gewinnt den Bachmann-Preis

 Bachmann-Preisträgerin Sharon Dodua Otoo

Bachmann-Preisträgerin Sharon Dodua Otoo

Eine deutsche Frühstücksszene mit Anklängen an Loriot: Die britische Autorin Sharon Dodua Otoo gewinnt den Hauptpreis bei den 40. Tagen der deutschsprachigen Literatur. Das Publikum favorisierte Stefanie Sargnagel.

“Herr Gröttrup setzt sich hin”, heißt der Text, für den Sharon Dodua Otoo den mit 25.000 Euro dotierten Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis im österreichischen Klagenfurt gewonnen hat. Herr Gröttrup ist ein reichlich pedantischer deutscher Rentner, der seiner Ehefrau das Leben nicht nur beim Frühstück schwer macht.MEHR…


TransAtlantic Sports Camp For Peace

imageJohn Long, Ed.D. :  The Lilydale First Baptist Foundation, a small, but caring, 501 C3 faith- based organization, located on the far south side of Chicago, is requesting your financial investment in an intercultural and interfaith camp, bringing together youths from different cultures and religions and bridging two national shores.

It is an historic undertaking, because it will take place in a primarily African American neighborhood and is one of the very few programs that connect youths from disadvantaged neighborhoods from two countries in the name of peace and nonviolence. The 20 German youths, primarily of Turkish and African descent and 30 African American youths, ages 12-15, will participate in this camp that integrates sports, i.e., basketball, and German/English language training peace, leadership, and cultural exposure. Read More

BGHRA Celebrates Homestory Deutschland in Washington, DC

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Howard University is hosting a new exhibition that sheds light on the lives and stories of black people in Germany. The exhibition, titled Homestory Deutschland: Black Biographies in Historical and in Present Times, profiles black people from the past three centuries of German history, sharing both their struggles and success stories. Many individuals profiled in the exhibit dealt with racism, and both tales of “ordinary” and prominent black figures are told. Biographies include those of an Afro-German actor and a woman who stood up for her rights, among others.
imageThe exhibit is sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington and designed by the Initiative of Black People in Germany. At the opening ceremony on February 4, German Deputy Chief of Mission Philipp Ackermann spoke to a crowd of over 100 people about the importance of telling the stories of black people in Germany. Read more…

At the opening ceremony, BGHRA President, Rosemarie Peña, delivered greetings and remarks.

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Read: Rosemarie Peña’s Comments at Launch Ceremony

30 Jahre ISD Jubiläumsreihe

image30ig Jahre ISD heißt drei Jahrzehnte, in denen die Interessen und politischen Anliegen Schwarzer Menschen in Deutschland vertreten und sichtbar gemacht wurden. Anlässlich dieses Jubiläums fließen die Ergebnisse und Schnittstellen zwischen Empowerment-, Bildungs- und Informationsarbeit seit September in einem bundesweiten Rahmenprogramm zusammen. Mehr…

‘Breath of Freedom’ reveals untold black experience in WWII

imageColin Powell, John Lewis among those interviewed in Smithsonian Black History Month premiere

NEW YORK—They fought for democracy in a segregated army and marched as conquerors into a country in ruins. Finding a “breath of freedom” in post-World War II Germany, African American soldiers experienced for the first time what it felt like to be treated as equals—and returned home determined to change their country. This largely unknown chapter in American history is told in Breath of Freedom, a new two-hour documentary narrated by Academy-Award winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Red Tails, Men of Honor) scheduled to premier 8 p.m., Feb. 17 on Smithsonian Channel.

Featuring interviews with former Secretary of State General Colin Powell and Congressman John Lewis, this is the remarkable story of how World War II and its aftermath played a huge role in the Civil Rights Movement. It’s a story told through the powerful recollections of veterans like Charles Evers, brother of slain Civil Rights icon Medgar Evers. From the beginning, black soldiers felt the absurdity of being asked to fight for freedom while being denied it in their own army. READ MORE