Lorenz Narku Laing brings diversity training to the public sector throughout Germany. Growing up with a Jamaican, English, Ghanaian background with a multitude of interests from American Football to Philosophy and Political theory, Narku is a multi-dimensional man, who hopes that people will be able to find pride in their identity and interests. With his social business Vielfaltsprojekte, Narku is able to support organizations such as Amnesty International Germany and Brot für die Welt in creating intentional and meaningful interactions within society. Be it from understanding cultural differences to unconscious biases and implicit racism, he is fighting for a future of diversity and inclusion.
Narku was a Fellow in the 2014 Berlin Fellowship, in which he learned about activism not only in Germany but around the globe. Narku realized the power of mobilizing a transatlantic dialogue surrounding activism something that naturally occurred during his Fellowship. Meeting Fellows from around the globe, who are hoping to transfer solutions and alter theories from one continent to the next, inspires Narku to continue working hard towards equality.
“After my Fellowship ended, I made it my mission to create educational formats to speak about topics which are often considered too controversial.
Following his Fellowship, Narku has remained close to Humanity in Action, serving on the German Board of Directors for three years as well as speaking at numerous events. In 2018, Narku was lead organizer, moderator, and keynote speaker at Humanity in Action Germany’s conference “Racism of Now. Solidarity of the Future” in Tutzing, Germany. Being able to train and work with social workers and those in the public sector has helped Narku foster cooperation between the public sector and marginalized groups. In the future, he hopes to help foster a transatlantic dialogue of activism, something he fondly recalls from his Humanity in Action Fellowship.
“The platform I founded [Vielfaltsprojekte] has now turned into a social business with more than 40 educational projects a year. From a management symposium with 100 participants on inclusive membership recruitment over a three-day conference on racism to a coaching seminar with 10 social workers on non-discriminatory counseling. We now cover the full-span of diversity training.”
An academic through and through, Narku is currently researching and teaching Political Theory at Ludwig-Maximilians- University (LMU) in Munich towards his Doctorate. Before this, he focused on interdisciplinary perspectives on inclusion in his studies from Religious Studies at King´s College London, over Politics & Administration at Zeppelin University to Sociology & Law at University of Frankfurt. Narku wants to work to explain the severity and complexity of discrimination, something most people are afraid to discuss or simply shy to understand. Narku also realizes that there are parts of his identity, that he is not discriminated against for, and he hopes that we can all work together to support one another in our activism and that other activists are fighting issues that will lead the way towards the bright future Narku hopes for.
“The struggle against and with racism is connected to other forms of discrimination. I strive to support and fight against discrimination in all forms, regardless of who it affects.”
More from Lorenz Narku Laing
"Racism is always emotionally painful" interview with Lorenz Narku Laing
Senior Fellow Lorenz Narku Laing shares his ideas and wishes about Racism in Germany.
Süddeutsche Zeitung reports on Narku Laing's work against racism
Lorenz Narku Laing, who lives in Fürstenfeldbruck, is one of the Hertie Foundation's 30 under 30. Narku thinks German, speaks German, was born in Germany, and yet "I'm not just any German," he emphasizes, "but a black German."
Hertie Foundation Names Lorenz Narku Laing '30 under 30'
Senior Fellow, Lorenz Narku Laing, is honored with '30 under 30' award by the Hertie Foundation for his continuous fight against racism and discrimination.
Senior Fellow Narku Laing to speak at local Bavarian high school about black German identity
The Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that on Thursday this week, Senior Fellow Narku Laing will host a public lecture for Bavarian middle and high school students on German black identity.
That's how young people heard the N-word for the first time
Senior Fellow Narku Laing is featured in this article by bento, the youth format for the German magazine Der Spiegel, speaking on his first time hearing the N-word.
Workshop: "Development Cooperation: Colonial Continuity?"
Senior Fellow Lorenz Narku Laing hosts a workshop at the University of Augsburg's 2019 Peace Summer School on the connection between development and colonialism.
World Café: Freedom of Movement & Border Policy
2014 Berlin Senior Fellow Lorenz Narku Laing was a guest at the World Café: Freedom of Movement & Border Policy event.
Humanity in Action Senior Fellows Share Their Stories for Crossmedia Initiative on Inclusion and Belonging
Based in Berlin and New York, the cross-media and multilingual initiative Wings and Roots produces films, educational curricula, and online-platforms. The project centers the stories and perspectives of young people in its quest to dismantle racism and to foster more inclusive societies. Several Humanity in Action Senior Fellows were interviewed for this initiative.
"Das schwarze Leben scheint weniger wert"
Senior Fellow Narku Laing writes about how black lives and African lives are not afforded equal rights in a book covered by Migazin
Cause of Death? Escape
For Mittelbayerische, a German newspaper, Senior Fellow Narku Laing writes about the lack of action taken to address the rising death toll in the Mediterranean.
Announcing the 2018 - 2019 Senior Fellow Leadership Council
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Racist H&M advertizing perpetuates racist evolutionary biology arguments.
Thank you to our 2016 US Review and Admissions Committees
Humanity in Action received 513 applications for our Fellowships in Europe and Atlanta this year, as well as 165 applications for the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship.
Thank you to our 2015 US Review and Admissions Committees
Humanity in Action received 689 applications for our Fellowships in Europe and Atlanta this year and 421 applications for the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship.