Transatlantic Experiences and Perspectives of Black Germans of the Post-War Generation
Edited By Marion Kraft
ADEFRA: How It All Began – a Conversation with Ria Cheatom, Jasmin Eding and Judy Gummich (Ika Hügel-Marshall)
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ADEFRA: How It All Began – a Conversation with Ria Cheatom, Jasmin Eding and Judy Gummich1
Before Black women in Germany self-organized, some of them were active in the white feminist movement in West Germany or in other political organizations. The first contacts between Afro-Germans occurred quite randomly in Munich.
Judy Gummich recalls:
I met Jasmin Eding in Munich, in 1986, at “Aktion Gegenwind” [Action Resistance], a women’s peace initiative. At first, we did not talk to each other, which was not unusual at that time. Fortunately, Jasmin spoke to me, and I gave her my phone number. Later, she called me and asked if I was interested in meeting other Black women. I knew immediately that this was something I wanted to get involved with. I had spent six months working with a development program in West Africa and realized that development policy was not the focus of my political engagement.
Jasmin Eding remembers:
I not only addressed Black women back then, but also Black men. For example, Tahir Della, who still is an important friend and work partner for me. In the beginning, we organized mutual meetings and events. These were also the days of the emergence of the ISD, in which men and women work together. We supported each other and discussed political issues. Since ADEFRA was very much engaged with women’s and feminist issues, we didn’t want to...
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