May Ayim

Afro-German May Ayim – Fighter against racism

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May Ayim

Brigitte Sylvia Gertrud Opitz was born in Hamburg in May 1960, her father was from Ghana , her mother was German. May Ayim was her stage name. She grew up in Münster with a foster family, she studied pedagogy in Regensburg, from the mid-eighties she lived in Berlin.

Ayim became known through her writings on racism in Germany. She was one of the founding members of the Black Germans and Blacks Initiative in Germany . One of her best-known works is “Confessing Color – African-German Women on the Trail of Their History”, which she published in 1986 with two other women.

Editor’s note: The text shared here is an AI translation. Please refer to the original text via the link. And read a post from 2009 about a street named after May.

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  1. Hi. This is Dred-Scott Keyes and am currently in Berlin to speak with Katharina Oguntoya and Jasmin Eding tomorrow and of course May Ayim’s name will be brought up in the interview. Do you have any insight or questions you’d like to ask and get answers. Every time I see May’s picture, I am deeply saddened by her death at such a young age!!

  2. B.W.I.E (™)

    OH, please share the link to your interview with Katharina Oguntoya and Jasmin Eding. I would very much like to read and share it.

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