Public Interest

Radical Brown Activists

When: Sat., Oct. 19, 11 a.m. 2019

Everyone knows about Berkeley’s legacy as a beacon of leftist politics, anti-war demonstrations, and free speech. There’s another, lesser known, history of radical South Asian immigrants fighting racism, imperialism and standing up for women’s rights. This story of radical activism goes back 100 years from the folks in Berkeley’s Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. In fact, historians Barnali Ghosh and Anirvan Chatterjee have assembled a 2-mile, 3-hour walking tour (wheelchair accessible) where they will show you many of these secret historical locations, accompanied by the stories of four generations of Desi activists. The walking tour has been featured on a number of national publications like NPR and National Geographic. Ghosh and Anirvan are experts in local history and have participated in a number of pro-feminist, pro-LGBTQ and social justice projects. The walking tour is a labor of love for them.

Aaron Carnes

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