Dalit History Matters Collective
(Vee Karunakaran, Christina Thomas Dhanaraj, Asha Kowtal, Sanghapali Aruna, Manisha Devi, and Thenmozhi Soundararajan)
I am Dalit History
YOU are Dalit History
WE are Dalit HIstory
And we believe that
it's not just HISstory, but HERstory, and OURstory
that are necessary to set us free.
Founded on these beliefs, Dalit History Month is committed to sharing our rich historical contributions with the rest of the world. It is a love letter to our ancestors - our great foremothers and forefathers who struggled to pass on dignity while suffering unspeakable violence. Weaving their proud legacy in poetry, dance, song, or drum, they prepared future Dalits, our generation, to survive, endure, and fight. Today, we are their voice, as they were ours.
Every Dalit is born with this powerful spirit of resistance and endurance. Together, we are re-writing our story and toppling generations of counterfeit history spun by our oppressors. To learn our own truth, we put one foot in front of the next to unlearn their sham history.
With each confident step forward we challenge their narratives. For, we are more than corpses laying in the wake of their conquest. Our lands and our bodies may have been stolen, but our spirits burn with justice!