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Dr Parveen Chopra is First Asian Ever to Receive Martin Luther King Award
At the Grand Ballroom of Marriott Hotel, New York, Uniondale (L-R) Councilman Hon. Ambrossino, Samir Chopra, Shivani Chopra, Shashi Bhatt, Dr. Parveen Chopra - Martin Luther King Award Winner for 2005, Vijay Verma, N.Y. State Supreme Court Judge Hon. Ed McCarty, N.Y. State Supreme Court Judge Hon. Ruth Balkin, President of the N.Y. State Board of Judges Hon. Denise Sher, Usha Chopra, Mrs Vijay Verma, Dr.
Verma and Hon. Judge Pauline Balkin, the First Jewish Judge on Long Island.
Back Row: Rashmi Patel, Virender Chopra, Renu Chopra, Surekha Chopra, Ashwani Chopra, Dr. Bharat Patel Hon. Donald Kane, previous Police Commissioner. The current Police Commissioner Jim Lawrence was also awarded.

Dr. Parveen Chopra, Commissioner of Human Rights, past 17 years, and subsequently as Vice-Chairman and currently as Co-Chairperson; previous Planning Commissioner, past President of FIA - NY, NJ & CT; Past General Secretary NFIA; Founder of Jackson Heights & Flushing Merchants Association - was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. award for the year 2005, at the Marriot Hotel, Uniondale, last week. A reception that was attended by over 500 people that comprised of a cross-section of the American community. 

Several prominent members of the Indian American community also attended. Many leaders who came to support Dr. Parveen Chopra included Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, New York State Supreme Court Judges: Honorable Judge Ruth Balkin, Honorable Ed McCarty III, New York State President of the Board of Judges Honorable Denise Sher, First Jewish Judge in the State of New York Honorable Pauline Balkin, Town Supervisor of the Town of Hempstead Honorable Kate Murray, Councilman Gary Hudes, Councilman Ed Ambrosino, Honorable Tony Santino, Honorable Dorothy Goosby, Town Clerk Mark Bonilla, Receiver of Taxes Donald Clavin Jr., Previous police Commissioner Donald Kane and many presidents of Universities, Hospitals and other important organizations.

This is the first time an Asian has been given the Martin Luther King Award in the United States of America.

While accepting the award, Dr. Chopra said, "This award is a tribute to the African American and Jewish American community who has worked very hard to mitigate the pain and sufferings do to discrimination. If 2,000,000 Indian Americans in USA are progressing rapidly it is because the Irish, Italian, Jewish and many other that came before us have made this country with the help of leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King who followed Mahathma Gandhi's philosophy, made America not only a very rich nation but also the richest nation in diversity. He thanked his wife Usha, his sons Samir & Dr. Sachin & Dr. Rupal Chopra who have always stood by him in community work for the
last twenty-five years.

Last year Dr. Parveen Chopra was honored by the 100 Black Men Inc. New York which has very powerful African American and other leaders at the Crest Hollow Country Club.

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