‘He was willing to risk his
safety to help others’
Ihave known Dr Sambhu Banik for the past 27 years during my service as Congresswoman from Montgomery County as well as the United States Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, France.
Over the years I have had opportunities to see Dr
Banik’s multidimensional activities in social, cultural,
political, and academic spheres.
Sambhu Banik with Congresswoman Connie Morella.
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Montgomery County Human Rights Commission. He also
served as Commissioner on the Montgomery County Commission on Disabilities and the County’s Drug and Alcohol
Banik is a bridge builder, an academician (teaching graduate school at Bowie State University since 1972), a philanthropist and a humanist who has dedicated his entire life to
He has raised funds for the House of Ruth (anorganization
that helps women and children dealing with homelesslness
anddomesticabuse) and organizations that serve DC’s youth
with emotional problems, and programs of drug and teen
pregnancy prevention. An exceptional cook, he has donated
foods he has prepared to help raise funds for such causes.
After the September 11 terrorist attack and its aftermath of
anger and hostility toward Sikhs, Muslims, and other
minorities, Banik arranged meetings and visits for me as a
Congresswoman to visit gurudwaras, temples, mosques, and
opportunities for law enforcement officials to help prevent
violence against innocent people.
Constance Morella represented Maryland’s 8th congressional district in the US House of Representatives. She also
served as Permanent Representative to the Organization for
Economic Co-operation and Development. She currently serves on American University’s faculty as an ambassador in
residence for the Women in Politics Institute.
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