1st Place: My Black Skin: Schwarz. Erfolgreich. Deutsch
In “My Black Skin” 25 Afro-German personalities proudly show , what can’t be hidden: their dark skin. This book is more than just an illustrated book – it’s a guidance for success. The protagonists of policy and economy, art and culture, science and sports, talk about, how they made it to the top. They’re role models and show, that besides your skin color and your origin, you can achieve anything, if you believe in yourself. YES I CAN!. The idea for the book “My Black Skin” was coined by Dayan Kodua, who came as a young girl from Ghana to Kiel. She was the first black “Miss Schleswig-Holstein” and is now a successful actress. She was supported by the photographer Thomas Leidig, who portrayed the personalities.

 

2nd Place: Anleitung zum Schwarzsein
‘Being Black is not the same as being black. Why is Black written in capital letters and why am I Black and not brown?’ You’ve always looked the same way, but maybe at some point, the time comes, where you start to think about your skin color more often. That’s why this book is not only an introduction to the black German community and their history, but also a field guide for young black Germans, to be politically aware of their non-white-skin color and to deal with it. White relatives and teachers can also find suggestions here, to guide and support black kids and teenagers in finding themselves.

 

3rd Place: The things I am thinking while smiling politely

Following years of activist work in the Black German community, Sharon Dodua Otoo continues to pursue empowerment as a theme, this time in the field of literature. Sharon weaves her observations on everyday racism and privilege into the story of a Black British woman whose marriage breaks down.

 

4th Place:Wurzelbehandlung, Deutschland, Ghana und ich

What is Africa like? Esther is at the end of her twenties, when she first visits Ghana. She wants to finally get to know her family in her father’s home country and end the search of her identity. But not everything goes as nicely as hoped for. She writes down all of her experiences and impressions in her diary and travel reports.

 

5th Place: Deutsch sein und schwarz dazu: Erinnerungen eines Afro-Deutschen

His father came from Kamerun to Germany right before the first world war, back then it was a ”German reserve”, where colonial immigrants were friendly welcomed. He married a German woman and they started a family. But even during the times of the Weimar Republic, the majority thought, that colored people shouldn’t take any more jobs from Germans. Soon they could only live at the very popular ‘ethnological exposition sites’. During the Nazi era, they got their passports taken away. Only as a mute extras in numerous colonial movies were they in demand.