Get out of the drawers! My conversations with Black Germans

  • Florence Brokowski-Shekete
  • Opening of the 8th Literaturherbst Heidelberg
  • Literature

Florence Brokowski-Shekete is undoubtedly a strong woman. Born in Hamburg to Nigerian parents, she grew up with a German foster mother in Buxtehude until her biological parents took her to Nigeria. There, the nine-year-old feels completely alienated. With the help of a teacher, she returns to Germany. Today, she herself lives as a teacher in Heidelberg and is probably Germany’s first black school district director. Her autobiography Mist, die versteht mich ja! Aus dem Leben einer Schwarzen Deutschen (2020) became a SPIEGEL bestseller. Also with her new book Raus aus den Schubladen! Meine Gespräche mit Schwarzen Deutschen (2022) ( My Conversations with Black Germ ans) invites readers to break down prejudices, get to know different ways of life, and learn about everyday racism that Black people still experience. An important contribution to the visibility and empowerment of Black people in Germany, but also to understanding.

Florence Brokowski-Shekete is an author and school district director in Baden-Württemberg. As a coach and trainer in her own agency for intercultural communication, she advises companies and institutions. She also has a teaching assignment at the Heidelberg University of Education on the topic of “Discrimination-sensitive pedagogy in the educational context”.

Foto: Tanja Valèrien

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