Women to Know: May Ayim was a 20th-century Afro-German poet, educator, and activist. She produced the first scholarly study of Afro-German history, Farbe Bekennen (1996). The work also gave voice to some of the many stories of contemporary Afro-German women. .
Until her untimely death in 1996, Ayim continued to write and publish, and to fight racism in Germany. In 2004 the May Ayim Award was founded to honor her memory. It was the first Black German International Literature Award. .
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