April 28, 2014 (New York, NY) – Last week Sapreet Kaur, Executive Director of the Sikh Coalition, was honored at Auburn Seminary’s 18th Annual Lives of Commitment Awards Benefit in New York City. The annual benefit honors resilient leaders of faith and moral courage, who work tirelessly to bridge religious divides, build community, pursue justice, and heal the world. Sapreet, the first Sikh to ever receive this award, was honored alongside notable community and thought leaders Chelsea Clinton, Linda G. Mills, Patricia Fili-Krushel, the Rev. Dr. Jacqueline J. Lewis, and Rabbi Jennie Rosenn.
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Sapreet was recognized by Auburn for her commitment to interfaith work, for her exceptional leadership as the first Sikh American woman to not only lead, but more than double the size and impact of the largest Sikh civil rights organization in the U.S., and for being on the forefront of historic civil rights change.
In her remarks, Sapreet shared her personal journey, including the moment when she understood that to be a Sikh is to serve all of humanity. She also noted that the century-old Sikh American community is fiercely committed to working alongside our partners in other faith traditions and impressed upon the audience to learn from and know their neighbors.
“It is an honor to stand alongside these incredible women who are changing the world,” said Sapreet Kaur. “The Sikh Coalition, with committed partners like Auburn, is working to end hate in America. The first step to loving our neighbors is knowing our neighbors.”
To read Sapreet’s remarks, as featured in the Daily Beast, please click here.
To hear Sapreet's remarks from a panel discussion that followed the benefit, please click here.
Please join us in celebrating Sapreet's leadership and the entire Sikh American community for our collective achievements in working towards Sarbat Da Bhalla (for the good of all of humanity).
As always, we urge all Sikhs to practice their faith fearlessly.