Remembering Afro-German poet May Ayim

May Ayim (3 May 1960 in Hamburg — 9 August 1996 in Berlin) original name Sylvia Opitz was an Afro-German poet, educator, and activist. 

She studied Psychology and Education and wrote the book Showing Our Colors, Afro-German Women Speak Out

At this time she also co-founded the Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland (Initiative of Black People in Germany).  

After spending sometime without sleep or proper meals preparing for Black History Month in 1996, she suffered a mental and physical collapse. 

She was 36 when she met her death after jumping from the thirteenth floor of a Berlin building.  

Check, The documentary Hope in My Heart: The May Ayim Story

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