Elizabeth Horlemann, host, founder and initiator of the raceThink Roundtable Dinner Events, is a certified trainer for intercultural communication, critical whiteness and country analysis training is the author behind the memoir that challenges status quo: “Not Now Please: Living with Racism, Ableism, and Grief.”
Elizabeth Horlemann’s work, “Not Now Please: Living with Racism, Ableism, and Grief,” is a deeply moving and courageous memoir that delves into the complex intersection of disability, racism, and the profound experience of grief.
This remarkable book offers readers a candid and unfiltered glimpse into Horlemann’s personal journey, navigating the often harsh realities of our world ever so vividly such that one feels they can assume they have been in her shoes.
A Fearless Voice for Change
From the very first pages, it becomes evident that Elizabeth Horlemann’s voice is both courageous and sincere. She fearlessly confronts the interconnected dehumanisation of institutionalised Anti-Blackness, heteropatriarchal norms, and ableistic biases.
Her critique is searing, leaving an indelible mark on the reader’s conscience.
Ripping Open the Silences
What truly sets this memoir apart is Horlemann’s ability to rip open the silences that surround critical issues. She exposes the stark inequities in receiving care and health services when individuals from marginalised groups face health crises or grapple with the loss of loved ones.
Her unwavering commitment to giving voice to these silenced experiences is nothing short of
An Intersectional Approach for Hope
Throughout the book, Horlemann’s intersectional approach is a beacon of hope. Her words resonate deeply with disabled Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Scholar Activists, offering validation and empowerment. Yet, her message extends far beyond this audience. It bears relevance for anyone who seeks a more just, accountable, and anti-racist society.
This is also evident in other works she has been doing that we have published like: Elizabeth Horlemann challenges Africans in Germany to actively fight against systemic racism.
A Transformative Journey
As readers turn each page of “Not Now Please,” they find themselves embarking on a transformative journey. Horlemann’s storytelling is a masterclass in vulnerability, strength, and resilience. Her reflections on grief are poignant and heart-wrenching, showcasing the enduring human spirit.
A Call to Action
In conclusion, “Not Now Please: Living with Racism, Ableism, and Grief” is a must-read for anyone who believes in the power of storytelling to inspire change. Elizabeth Horlemann’s memoir challenges us to confront prejudice, embrace diversity, and work together to build a more inclusive world. It’s a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a rallying call for a brighter, more equitable future.
One of Elizabeth Horlemann’s achievements that we managed to capture was her winning the lifetime achievement award at the AFRONEWS Awards Gala Night event 2022. We wrote about it here: Elizabeth Horlemann wins Lifetime Achievement Award at AFRONEWS – Ortel Mobile African Community in Germany Awards 2022
How to get a copy of Elizabeth Horlemann memoir Not Now Please: Living with Racism Ableism and Grief: icpe-africa.com: not-now-please
Who is Elizabeth Horlemann?
The training offers companies, institutions and individuals strategic methods to work effectively with diverse and inclusive teams.
The raceThink Roundtable Dinner is organised and hosted by Ms Horlemann in partnership with Gillian Lwangu Piroth, Founder and CEO of My Ethic Cooking & Catering (MEC). It’s a platform that promotes uncomfortable discussions about racism in combination with live cooking and eating.
While the participants are served a three-course meal, they are given an opportunity to take a deeper look at structural racism and implicit bias. At the same time, they are provided an overview of the history of racism, including local history, and concepts related to implicit bias.