Sikh Participation in the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King's 'I have a Dream' speech; Sikh Prayers in National Interfaith Prayer Service!


Sikh community members will be participating in the 50th anniversary of famous dream speech in Washington tomorrow. This speech changed America forever.

Dr. Rajwant Singh will be reciting a Sikh prayer at an Interfaith Prayer Service at the historical Shiloh Baptist Church at 9th and P Streeet. (It is a ticketed event). In addition, members of Guru Gobind Singh Foundation will be in attendance.

Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King, the daughter of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., is leading the Interfaith Prayer Service. The service is the official opening of the day of anniversary events; you can find the rest of the events on the King Center's website here: It promises to be a memorable and spirit-filled beginning to this historic day.

The purpose of the Official "Let Freedom Ring" Interfaith Prayer Service is to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, while inspiring hope and action in the future on the causes that Dr. King held dear.  Service participants include leaders from America's diverse faith traditions and young people from different backgrounds, united by the same cause. Dr. King's memory will be honored and legacy advanced through prayer, scripture, interfaith reflections, and song.

Major celebrations will take place at the Lincoln memorial from 11AM - 5 PM where President Carter, Clinton and Obama will speak. Nationwide representatives and religious leaders are gathering from all across the nation to join in this celebration. Sikh representatives have been invited to join in this event.

Sikh community had participated in the 25th anniversary of this historical speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 1988. 250 Sikhs from all over the Washington area and the East Coast area gathered to participate. Sikh Cultural Society and Gurdwaras in DC area had brought Sikhs in large numbers to this march.

In 1993, during the 30th anniversary of this 'Dream speech', Sikhs were asked to participate in a prominent manner. Group of Sikhs from Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, based in Rockville, Maryland, recited hymn at the interfaith prayer service in the morning at the Washington Monument and later a Sikh prayer was recited at the Lincoln Memorial in front of 300,000 audience. This was the first time that a Sikh prayer was recited at a national event in the nation's capital.

We hope that Sikhs from the DC area will join again tomorrow from 11 AM - 5 PM at the Lincoln Memorial to express their solidarity with rest of the nation. There is no ticket required for this event.

Sikhs at the 25th Anniversary at the Lincoln Memorial in 1988

Dr. Rajwant Singh reciting a Sikh prayer at the Lincoln memorial in 1993 during the 30th anniversary

Sikh Kirtani Jatha of Guru Gobind Singh Foundation reciting a shabad of Guru Arjan Dev ji ' Sabko Asse Teri Baitha'

Arvinder Singh and Harminder Singh Jassal. Andrew Young, Atlanta's Mayor, the first black US representative to UN and King's associate sitting next to Arvinder.

 From left to right: Amrit Pal Kaur, Surinder Kaur, Bhupinder Singh Gabri, Joginder Singh Saini, Andrew Young, Harjot Singh, Navneet Kaur Matta, Harmeet Singh Matta, Preet Amrit Kaur, Rajwant Singh, Hargurpreet Singh, Paul Singh Mudahar, Gurdeep Singh, Balli Mudahar, Jodhinder Singh Gabri, Harbhajan Kaur Gabri, Pradeep Kumar, Bhajan Kaur Mudahar

Harminder Singh Jassal reciting Sikh blessing


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