Join us in Malibu for a lunch event on Saturday, July 20 to support SAADA and the digitization of the Dalip Singh Saund collection.

• Presentation by Samip Mallick (SAADA Co-Founder & Executive Director)
• Emcee Dr. Sharon Sekhon (Founder & Executive Director, Studio of Southern California History)
• Remarks by SAADA Board Members Nidhi Kohli and Dr. Seema Sohi, and Co-Founder Dr. Michelle Caswell
• Performances by Anju, a Boston-based singer-songwriter, and Los Angeles-based multi-percussionist, Neel Agrawal
• Interview with Dr. Marwah about his time working on Congressman Saund's campaign
• Catered lunch generously provided by Dr. Marwah

Learning about Dalip Singh Saund was the first time I realized that there must be so much more to South Asian American history than I had known. If, like me, you have always wondered why you didn’t know about Saund’s story sooner, or perhaps you’re just learning about it now, your support for SAADA will help ensure South Asian American stories are preserved and shared with everyone.

Dalip Singh Saund was born in Punjab, British India in 1899 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1920 to pursue his graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his PhD in Mathematics in 1924, just a year after the Supreme Court decided unanimously to bar South Asians from becoming American citizens on racial grounds. After more than twenty years of exclusion, it was only in 1946 that South Asians were again allowed to become citizens. Saund became a citizen shortly thereafter, but he didn’t stop there. In 1956, Dalip Singh Saund was elected to represent the 29th District of California, becoming the first Asian American elected to U.S. Congress.

Soon after helping to found SAADA in 2008, I met with Congressman Saund's grandson in the Bay Area. I was saddened to learn that the Congressman suffered a debilitating stroke in 1962 that forced him to give up his political career. His grandson told me that he had inherited multiple boxes of Congressman Saund’s materials, but as of today these materials are still not available to the public. We are honored to be working with Congressman Saund’s grandson to ensure that this important collection will be freely available to everyone through SAADA’s digital archive.

Congressman Saund’s story is not just a South Asian American story, it is an American story. And like so many others, it is a story that has been in danger of being lost. On Saturday, July 20, join us in Malibu at the home of Dr. Amarjit Singh Marwah, Saund's campaign manager and himself a living archive of the South Asian American community, to celebrate 11 years of SAADA and support the digitization of Dalip Singh Saund’s materials. All proceeds will benefit SAADA’s efforts to document, preserve, and share South Asian American stories.

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Samip Mallick
Executive Director, SAADA