Every MLK Day, the Reverend Doctor's sage wisdom and booming voice seem like echoes of a past farther and farther away. Had he somehow escaped assassins' bullets, I can imagine him grey and dignified, bringing his prophetic wisdom to today's crises. More than ever, we could use his help to remember how to live together.
In this significant national moment, as communities around the country raise their voices to demand accountability and humane treatment by those that serve and protect us, the federal government is sending the opposite message.
This is not about demonizing Urban Outfitters. It is about refusing to support entities that actively engage in racism via cultural appropriation.
When children are singled out because of a shared characteristic --such as race, sexual orientation, or religion -- or a perceived shared characteristic, the issue not only affects that individual but the entire community.
The serving of free food or "Langar," is an important tenet of the Sikh religion. It originally meant cooking food to feed the needy and the homeless but over the years the concept has broadened and langar now means to cook to feed the entire congregation.
Sikhism and America share the fundamental principles of integrity, hard work, and service, and both seek to uphold righteousness in the face of injustice
I follow the Sikh faith, which requires that I keep my hair long and wear a turban and beard. The ROTC recruiters said I would not be able to enlist unless I complied with all Army grooming and uniform rules.
I view marathon running as an incredible opportunity to counter negative stereotypes, raise money for charities, and build stronger communities.
Counselors play an even more important role in helping to give students a venue to articulate their identities, share their fears, or just vent. While this is true for any student, Hindu and Sikh students often are reluctant to speak out.
This means your appearance, your body language, and the way you carry yourself are identifiers of what you are about. Think of it like being the front cover of a book; the content could be extraordinary, but if it doesn't scream "pick me up!" only a select few actually will.
For Sikhs, the holiday is an occasion for a more politicized remembrance. On October 23, Sikhs celebrated Bandi Chhor Divas, or Prisoner Release Day.
A humor site with 797,000 Twitter followers posted a picture of me in my Trinity basketball jersey and maroon dastaar (it was a home game) with a caption that read: "I'm not guarding him. He's too explosive."
Mandeep Jangi of Middlesex, New Jersey, cites his Sikh faith as the "more visible aspect" of his identity. His decision to cut his hair (long hair is a traditional part of Sikh culture) was the first step to discovering his own individual identity.
He was a year younger than me, I note immediately. That's so very young, I say to myself. It saddens me because I enjoyed his work, all the way from his television days in the early 1980s to his recent, sporadic appearances on the big screen.
Imagine a life where you are not allowed to be creative and you have no idea that you are not living up to your full potential or that a better life is attainable? Despite our daily challenges, few reading this would ever be able to fully understand such a reality.
Sometimes when I'm not feeling like a longer walk to the coffee shop at the far end of our village, I venture into the one around the corner. It's a different crowd that frequents this café. I, and many like me, like coming here because of its better ambience.