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Wearing A Turban Doesn’t Mean Someone Is A Terrorist

Chaan Pardesi

Oct 4, 2008
London & Kuala Lumpur
Talk to focus on Sikh culture

By Samantha Sommer, Staff Writer 9:46 PM Tuesday, October 12, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — Wearing a turban doesn’t mean someone is a terrorist.

Yet after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, many Sikhs living in the United States faced discrimination or even hate crimes because they wear turbans, said Jagdish Singh.

“We are a peace-loving people and a people of faith,” said the Clark County resident.

Singh will discuss her Sikh faith and turban wearing for the next installment of the Global Education and Peace Network’s free, monthly speaker series.

The talk is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 105 of the Shouvlin Center on the Wittenberg University campus.

The Global Education and Peace Network formed out of study circles following the 2001 attacks. The theme for its ninth annual series is “Why Do They Do That?” and it aims to answer people’s questions about cultural traditions and practices.

One of the most visible aspects of the Sikh faith is the turban, said Singh, who is a member of the Sikh Society of Dayton. The turban is worn for several reasons, including that Sikhs don’t cut their hair and it is covered by the turban.

She will also discuss the history of turbans, as well as their religious significance.

Singh hopes that people who attend learn more about her faith, especially as the U.S. becomes more of a melting pot.

“It’s always nice to know who your neighbors are ... There’s so much diversity, but we still have common ground,” she said.

What: Global Education and Peace Network speaker series
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Room 105 of the Shouvlin Center



1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Chaan Pardesi ji

It was good to read this. Jagdish Singh ji (Kaur ji) and I worked together as sevadhars for the Sikhnet Sevadhars project a few years ago, along with two other Kaurs, Parminder Kaur and Tanvir Kaur. It was good to catch up with her recent seva, as we have fallen out of touch. Thanks.


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Admin not

The event is situated in Springfield Ohio, US (the article does not make this clear). Go to the link for contact information.

The thread has been moved to the Get Involved/Community Outreach section of SPN. Thank you.