Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 6, 2008
Sikhs are set to gather this June in Washington DC in order to eliminate stereotypes that incorrectly link them to radical groups such as the Taliban or Al Qaeda. America's Sikh community is gathering at the Capitol Hill on June 11th to honor Mr. Sandeep Singh Caberwal, a Sikh entrepreneur and a model. Mr. Caberwal wears a turban, has a beard and was chosen by designer Kenneth Cole in its recent fashion campaign. American clothing designer Kenneth Cole will also be honored for this recent media campaign.
This June 11th brings the Fifth annual Sikh Council On Religion & Education (SCORE) Capitol Hill Dinner, a celebration of Sikh contributions to America with key note speeches from various Congressional leaders. Kenneth Cole's "Non Uniform Thinkers" campaign celebrated the diversity of those who wear their products. During the media campaign, Mr. Caberwal spoke on the context of racial profiling. Further more, he was featured in many print ads that were displayed in Kenneth Cole along with other national stores and billboards throughout the United States.
Sikhs have a distinct identity of turbans and uncut hair. They always have been defensive in the American society as they continue to face bias attacks since September 11th, 2001. SCORE's annual Capitol Hill Dinner allows for Sikh Americans to gather in Washington DC to celebrate and honor those who have promoted positive Sikh presence as part of the American cultural fabric. This year's SCORE Capitol Hill Dinner will take place on June 11th at 5:30 PM in room SDG-50 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
This year's honorees cover a diverse cross section of fields, from models, media, to entrepreneurs.
Another honoree this year is the talented duo of Ms. Tami Yeager and Mr. Preetmohan Singh for their recently completed film documentary "A Dream in Doubt." Their film explores the real life story of Mr. Rana Singh Sodhi's family, whose brother was murdered as the first hate crime victim in the 9/11 aftermath. Balbir Singh Sodhi was killed in Mesa, Arizona in a case of mistaken Sikh identity. "A Dream in Doubt" was recently aired on PBS nationwide as part of the "Independent Lens" television show.
Dr. Rajwant Singh, chairman of SCORE, said, "This event is an opportunity for Sikh Americans to interact with their elected representatives and also to highlight the role of the Sikhs in strengthening this nation. We are very proud in honoring this year's guests. They have certainly broken barriers in many fields and have presented the Sikhs in a very positive manner to the American society."
In previous years, keynote speeches from Congressional leadership at SCORE's Capitol Hill Dinner have included Senators Hillary Clinton, Richard Lugar, and Charles Schumer. For more information about this event or SCORE, please contact Kanwarpal Singh at (443) 562-2452. Also visit our website Sikh Council USA.