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Black Lives in Germany and the U.S. from 1933 to Today

In 2021, two Black victims of the Nazi regime were finally honored with so-called STOLPERSTEINE — (lit. “stumbling stones or blocks”) – pioneered by German artist Gunter Demnig in Berlin. With concrete cubes bearing the names of persecuted residents in front of their homes, victims are being remembered in Berlin and other German cities.

What was life like as a Black woman or man in Nazi Germany? Why did it take more than 75 years to honor Black victims of the Nazi regime? What are the many forms of racism in today’s Western societies, triggering a renewed global Black Lives Matter movement in 2020?

Featuring Prof. Robbie Aitken, historian of Black Europe, Sheffield Hallam University, who led the effort to place the Stolpersteine for Martha Ndumbe and Ferdinand James Allen; Dr. Tiffany Florvil, Associate Professor of 20th Century European Women’s and Gender History at the University of New Mexico; and Ms. Alice Hasters, journalist, blogger, and author who identifies as a Black German and publishes about her experience in today’s society. Moderated by Dr. Nicholas Boston, sociologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the City University of New York, Lehman College.