SALDEF Recognizes K.P. Singh and other Awardees for their Services toAmeican Community
SALDEF is pleased to announce additional awardee for the 2010 SALDEF National Gala to be held in Washington D.C. on October 16, 2010. We will be recognizing Mr. K.P. Singh with the Bhagat Singh Thind Community Empowerment Award with the Public Service Award for his service and impact on the Sikh American community and beyond.
K.P. Singh, Indianapolis:
Bhagat Singh Thind Community Empowerment Award
The award recognizes members of the Sikh American community who embody the spirit of seva (selfless service). This year we honor Mr. KP Singh. An active member of the Indianapolis community since 1967, Mr. Singh is an accomplished advocate and supporter of historic preservation, cultural diversity, and the importance of arts to life and human spirit.
Mr. Singh is a founding member of The International Center of Indianapolis and presently serves o many Boards including the Asian American Alliance, The Brooke's Place for Grieving Young Persons, The Butler University Center on Faith and Vocation, and Race and Cultural Relations Leadership Network. For his contributions, he recently received the Sarah Lewis Lifetime Achievement Award (United Way of Central Indiana - 2010). Mr. Singh is also an accomplished artist, writer and speaker.
The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) is the oldest Sikh American civil rights and educational organization. We empower Sikh Americans through advocacy, education and media relations.
SALDEFs vision is to create an America where:
- Sikh Americans are recognized and respected as an integral part of American society
- Sikh Americans take a leadership role in shaping public policy and strengthening civil rights for all Americans
- Sikh Americans are represented at the highest levels of government and in the media.
Founded as the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART) in 1996, SALDEF began solely as an all-volunteer organization with a primary focus on media analysis and education. Based on the needs of the Sikh American community, SALDEF began responding to civil rights, legislative, employment, and accommodation issues. Currently, SALDEF maintains a full-time staff in addition to several volunteer local representatives and regional directors. Its pro bono legal team includes several part-time volunteer attorneys who handle legal matters affecting Sikh Americans
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