Dalit History Month Connects Caste, Labor, and Migration
April marks Dalit History Month, an annual observance that commemorates and celebrates the neglected histories, lives, and contributions of caste-oppressed people.
“Invisibility creates the conditions for violence to happen and perpetuate, so the celebration of Dalit history is to be unapologetically proud in Dalit identity and share with the world its rich legacy of art, music, literature and the fire of resilience and radical progressive thought,” according to Equality Labs, a Dalit civil rights organization.
Students and faculty can learn more about Dalit communities and the impact of caste oppression by checking out Equality Labs’ reading list.
They can also tune in to the webinar “How casteism shows up in the diaspora: the urgent need for caste protections” by Manu Kaur on May 5 at 8 a.m. Moderated by Shrujana Shridhar, the talk will focus on how supporters can be anti-caste. CFA 2022 Equity Conference panelist and civil rights activist Thenmozhi Soundararajan hosts the podcast “Firstpost,” a series of conversations with Indians and Americans of Indian origin in America to understand how caste discrimination pervades the community just as much as it does back home in India.