In Audre’s Footsteps: The Contributors

Katja Kinder, Eki Ani, Dr. Heidi R. Lewis, Prof. Dr. Maisha Auma, Deborah G. Moses-Sanks, and Peggy Piesche

Chapter One, Creating Spaces to Fully Express Our Blackness: A Conversation with Katja Kinder, Peggy Piesche, Prof. Dr. Maisha Maureen Auma of Generation Adefra: Black Women in Germany

Katja Kinder, born in Berlin-West in 1966, is an educator, empowerment trainer, diversity leader, and conflict mediator. She taught German as a second language and Gender and Diversity Studies courses in Berlin and Stendal from 1990-2017, and she is currently the Managing Director of the NGO RAA-Berlin, an Education Rights Agency for BPOC communities. Katja is a founding member of the Black queer-feminist organization Generation Adefra: Black Women in Germany, a Black feminist thinktank she leads with Prof. Dr. Maisha Auma and Peggy Piesche. Through this platform, they carry out different strategies against anti-Black racism and develop Black feminist knowledge production. 

Peggy Piesche, born and raised in Arnstadt/GDR, is a literary and Cultural Studies scholar. She is heading the Department of Political Education and Plural Democracy at the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) with a focus on diversity, intersectionality, and decoloniality. She is also an activist with Adefra: Black Women in Germany and a board member of the Association of the Worldwide Study of the African Diaspora (ASWAD).

Prof. Dr. Maisha M. Auma is an educator, Gender Studies scholar, and activist. Her research focuses on diversity, inequality, and plurality in textbooks and didactical materials in East and West Germany, intersectional sexual education as empowerment for Black communities and communities of color, critical whiteness, intersectionality, decoloniality, and critical race theory. She has been Professor for Childhood and Difference (Diversity Studies) at the University for Applied Sciences, Magdeburg – Stendal since 2008, a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies and the Institute of Education at the Humboldt University Berlin from 2014-2019, and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies of the Technical University Berlin from 2020-2021. She currently holds the Audre Lorde Guest Professorship for Intersectional Diversity Studies in the Diversity and Gender Equality Network (DiGENet) of the Berlin University Alliance (BUA). Prof. Dr. Auma has been active in the Black queer-feminist collective Adefra: Black Women in Germany since 1993. Together with Peggy Piesche and Katja Kinder, she also carried out a consultation process in cooperation with the LADS, the State Agency for Equal Treatment and Against Discrimination for the State of Berlin, entitled “Making Visible the Discrimination and Social Resilience of People of African Heritage in Berlin” in 2018. It was a project within BLACK BERLIN, the UN-Decade for People of African Heritage 2015-2024.

Dr. Heidi R. Lewis and Iris Rajanayagam

Chapter Two, We Have to Stop Solely Reacting: A Conversation with Iris Rajanayagam

Iris Rajanayagam is a historian with an M.A. in Modern/Contemporary History from the University of Cologne/Humboldt University Berlin/University of Dar es Salaam. She works on post- and decolonial theories, intersectionality, the politics of memory, and social change, with a focus on the connection of theory and praxis. She is Director of the non-profit organization xart splitta, and she is a researcher and lecturer at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Science. Iris is also co-founder of the radio show Talking Feminisms on, spokesperson of the Migrationsrat Berlin (Migration Council Berlin), and she was active in The Caravan for the Rights of Refugees and Migrants for many years.

Dr. Heidi R. Lewis and Josephine Apraku

Chapter Three, I’m Not Here to Save Your Soul: A Conversation with Josephine Apraku

Josephine Apraku is a scholar of African Studies who has been working as a lecturer at both the Alice Salomon University and Humboldt University in Berlin since 2015. Additionally, they founded and currently manage the Berlin-based organization Kaleidoskop. They also write columns for Missy Magazine and Edition F.


Dr. Heidi R. Lewis, Dana Maria Asbury, and Dr. Rebecca Brückmann

Chapter Four, I’m Challenging Students to See: A Conversation with Dr. Rebecca Brückmann

Dr. Rebecca Brückmann is an Afro-German assistant professor of North American history in its transcultural context at Ruhr-University Bochum. She completed her Ph.D. in modern history at the Graduate School of North American Studies at Free University Berlin in 2014 and has taught at the Universities of Cologne and Kassel. Her research focuses on North American sociocultural history, Black history and the history of the Black Freedom Struggle, Southern history, the history of white supremacy, and gender history in their entanglements. Her recent work includes articles on the Black Freedom Struggle in the United States and white supremacist grassroots resistance, published in the South Carolina Historical Magazine and the European Journal of American Studies, and the monograph “Massive Resistance and Southern Womanhood: White Women, Class, and Segregation” (University of Georgia Press, 2021).

Melody LaVerne Bettencourt, Jamile da Silva e Silva, and Dana Maria Asbury

Chapter Five, Integration Isn’t Even What We’re Demanding: A Conversation with Jamile da Silva e Silva and Melody LaVerne Bettencourt

Jamile da Silva e Silva, Black Brazilian feminist and mother of two, is director of an intercultural women’s center in Berlin, where she previously worked for 6 years as program coordinator. She is also an events and workshops facilitator and moderator. The focus of her work is intersectional feminism, anti-racist and decolonial struggle, and visibility and empowerment of marginalized groups with a focus on migrant women, refugees, Black women and women of color. Born and raised in Brazil, Jamile has lived in several countries, from studying Social Work in Rio de Janeiro to earning a Master‘s degree in Gender Studies from Lund University in Sweden. In her spare time, Jamile is a percussionist and capoeirista.

Melody LaVerne Bettencourt is a Black Cabovdien-German visual artist based in Berlin. Melody obtained her diploma in fine arts at the HFBK in Hamburg in 2008 (being tutored by Michaela Melian and Isaac Julien), and her art praxis is mono printing and painting, integrating international Black resistance symbols, and silhouettes. Her work often relies on Black Feminism, which itself always has to find new paths of expression. In 2020, she published a children’s book entitled Farbenfroh essen in cooperation with Black author and illustrator Adalca Tomás.

Chapter Six, That’s My Girl: A Conversation with Mona El Omari

Mona El Omari is a social pedagogue/social worker, certified non-medical practitioner for psychotherapy, and systemic individual/couples/family counselor. She is currently in training to become a systemic therapist, and she is a systemic counselor with Ambulante Maßnahmen Altona e.V., a Hamburg-based NGO in the field of radicalisation prevention and deradicalisation within the judicial system. Further, she freelances as an empowerment trainer and political educator. Her areas of focus include transformative justice, intersectional and decolonial critiques of and approaches to psychotherapy, community empowerment, and Queerness and Islam. Mona is a music nerd who enjoys good food and anything by a large body of water. She also loves the sun and the right kinds of shadows.

Chapter Seven, We’re Here to Connect and Do Intersectional Work: A Conversation with Dr. Céline Barry

Dr. Céline Barry is a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Interdisciplinary Women’s* and Gender Studies at the Technical University of Berlin. Her research interests include racism, feminism, and intersectionality in postcolonial contexts. Dr. Barry’s goal is a politicized social research practice that honors everyday experiences, allows for creative forms of expression, and provincializes academic knowledge. Dr. Barry is part of the Black Community organization Each One Teach One (EOTO) e.V., and she is active in various anti-racist initiatives, including the KOP Berlin Campaign for the Victims of Racist Police Violence and the Berlin Muslim Feminists.

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