Anirvan Chatterjee & Barnali Ghosh: Intersecting Black History and South Asian American History
We’re closing out Black History Month and I wanted to feature another set of superstar Bay Area activists who have invested in recognizing our community’s history as a result of the Civil Rights Movement.
Anirvan Chatterjee and Barnali Ghosh are the masterminds behind both Black Desi Secret History and the Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour. Most of us are aware of the ties that bind Martin Luther King to Mahatma Gandhi. But there are many more stories of Black activists and South Asian activists fighting for each other for over a century. Anirvan told the story of Bayard Rustin who learned Gandhian tactics to fight for Civil Rights.
Oh and by the way, I just learned that Bayard Rustin read the works of Gujarati scholar Krishnalal Shridharani, who happens to be the paternal uncle of my grandmother (I know, it’s four generations back but how cool is that?!)!
Other interview highlights:
**Activism is a part of our history, not just that weird thing second generation kids do
**Our community’s 1965-onward immigration is not possible without the efforts of Civil Rights activists
**We South Asian Americans tend to have disparate identities depending on the company and environment – but we can relax the compartmentalizing at the walking tour!
Air date: 2/29/2016
**You can also read a transcript of the interview: 022916 Intersections Anirvan Barnali Transcript