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Make your mark on SAADA-Philadelphia!
JULY 1, 2014SAADA-Philadelphia is in the process of planning several new events and we want you there on the ground floor! Help us maximize SAADA’s mission of giving voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing community stories. One unique event we’re currently organizing is a walking tour of Philadelphia focusing on South Asian American history. The walking tour, launching to the public in September, will offer a new glimpse into the community’s local stories and contributions to the city’s history.
Today In History: Taraknath Das born June 15, 1884
JUNE 15, 2014Taraknath Das was born on June 15, 1884 to parents of modest means in Majipara, a village near Kolkata. After completing his primary education in the village’s schools he worked as a tutor to help fund his high school education. Das’ father died shortly after he passed his entrance exams to Calcutta University, and although he attempted to complete his higher education by attending three different satellite schools associated with the University he eventually gave up his studies and began to work as an itinerant preacher instead. A talented orator and community organizer, Das traveled from village to village rallying the masses around the miserable economic, educational, and political condition of India. During this period, Das was also involved with the radical anticolonial organization known as the Bengali Anusilan Samiti, forming its branch in Dacca in 1905. He also established several village schools for the laboring classes during this time, the dawn of what would come to be a long and dynamic political activism career.
Recap: SAADA Community Forum at the Philadelphia History Museum
MAY 30, 2014Thank you to all those who attended our 2nd SAADA Community Forum in Philadelphia last evening! We're truly grateful to you for sharing such heartfelt and personal stories with all of us.
Co-sponsors for last evening's event were the City of Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs (MOIMA) and the Philadelphia History Museum. The Museum was also our gracious host for the event. Thank you also to our volunteers Kathleen Quigley, Radha Modi and Grace Pusey for their invaluable role in organizing the event.
SAADA featured on 6abc
MAY 17, 2014SAADA was featured on 6abc's Visions 2014 special focusing on Asian American heritage airing May 17, 2014.
Help us tell the story of South Asian Americans in Politics!
MAY 1, 2014