On Sunday, June 25, a remarkable achievement unfolded as a street in New York City was officially dedicated to visionary leader, Baba Saheb Ambedkar. The renowned 61st Street Broadway will henceforth bear the illustrious name of this world-famous Indian luminary, thanks to the unwavering efforts of the Shri Guru Ravidas Sabha and the Begumpur Cultural Society of New York.
Baba Saheb Ambedkar’s association with Columbia University holds immense historical significance, as the newly named street in New York City will lead directly to this esteemed institution. In 1927, Ambedkar accomplished a remarkable feat by earning his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia. Recognizing his profound contributions as “a great social reformer and a valiant upholder of human rights,” Columbia University bestowed upon him an honorary doctorate in 1952. The university conducted a comprehensive survey to identify students over a span of 100 years who had made significant societal contributions, and with immense pride, B.R. Ambedkar was hailed as the finest among them.