February is Black History Month in the United States. It originated in 1926 with the efforts of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, founded by historian Carter G. Woodson and the minister Jesse E. Moorland.https://www.dawn.com/news/1317116/its-time-we-stopped-using-kala-as-an-insult-and-respected-the-african-american-community
Black History Month started as a week-long commemoration of the history of and accomplishments by African-Americans and peoples of African descent. It was held during the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
This week-long commemoration evolved into a full month, and in 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognised Black History Month, telling the public “to seize the opportunity to honour the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavour throughout our history.”
South Asians have a lot to learn from African-American history, including during Black History Month. The history of African-Americans in the United States has directly impacted the lives, struggles, and resistance of South Asian-Americans. Moreover, South Asian and African-American communities have meaningfully collaborated and allied with one another to fight oppression.
Despite this history of collaboration, the reality remains that South Asians continue to perpetuate anti-Black racism (also called anti-blackness) against African-Americans and peoples of African descent, both in the United States and in South Asia.