Executive Director Sapreet Kaur Becomes First Sikh to Offer Prayer
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The Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service has historical roots in the inauguration of the first American President, George Washington. It evolved into an interfaith event following the American Civil War and became a regular tradition during the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt.
Although Sikhs have lived in the United States for more than a century, the inclusion of the first Sikh speaker in this year’s Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service means that Sikhs are gaining visible recognition as an integral part of American society. The Sikh Coalition is especially proud that a Sikh woman represented our community in this historical feat, consistent with the Sikh belief in gender equality, as taught by Guru Nanak over five centuries ago.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges Sikhs everywhere to practice their faith fearlessly.