President Obama on Congressman Dalip Singh Saund

May 10, 2012

President Obama delivers remarks at the 18th Annual Gala of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies. May 8, 2012.

At 3 minutes 50 seconds, President Obama mentions Congressman Dalip Singh Saund, who will be featured in the upcoming HomeSpun exhibition “Speaking Up!” Read the speech transcript here.

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“But they were trailblazers like Dalip Singh Saund — a young man from India who, in 1920, came to study agriculture, stayed to become a farmer, and took on the cause of citizenship for all people of South Asian descent.  (Applause.)   And once Dalip earned his own citizenship, he stepped up to serve the country he loved — and became the first Asian American elected to the Congress.  (Applause.)”

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