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Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On April 17, 1999, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
reported on the celebrations in the Sikh community of Atlanta for the
300th anniversary of the Khalsa to take place on Sunday, April 18th
in the community’s gurdwara.

Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

Source: The Indianapolis Star

On April 17, 1999, The Indianapolis Star reported on the
new Sikh temple in Indianapolis. Though the Sikh community
established itself in Indianapolis in the 1960s, Sikhs have been
worshipping in rented houses and community centers for the past
several decades. Today, more than 200 Sikh families are a part of the
new temple community. They are happy to be able to celebrate the Sikh
New Year, Vaisakhi, and the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa in their
own temple.

Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On April 17, 1999, The Houston Chronicle reported on the
festivities of the Sikh community in Houston commemorating the 300th
anniversary of the Khalsa on Wednesday, April 14th. More than 600 Sikhs joined the festivities on
Wednesday. Additional events are scheduled in Houston throughout the
year.

Immigrant Religious Communities in Houston

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On April 17, 1999, The Houston Chronicle published an
article on research being conducted by Helen Rose Ebaugh, a
University of Houston sociologist, on immigrant religious communities
in Houston under the formal name of The Religion, Ethnicity, New
Immigrants Research. Ebaugh identified 793 immigrant congregations in
Houston and developed in-depth case studies on 13 of the
congregations. Ebaugh stated that, “aside from being a spirituality
center, the church, the mosque, the temple or gurdwara becomes a home
away from home. The place of worship becomes a place where the new
immigrant can reinforce his or her ethnic identity. It becomes a
social service network and a place where culture and religion is
passed on to the next generation.” For most of the congregations,
serving the first born on American soil is the biggest challenge
because the congregations become the major source for learning
traditions, customs, and languages. Ebaugh, along with Janet S.
Chafetz, chairman of the University of Houston’s sociology department
and an expert on gender studies, are publishing a book on the role of
women in immigrant religious congregations as compared to religious
life at home. Overall, women play a greater role in the United States
congregations, with almost all of the congregational boards having
women members. In addition, the organizational structures of these
communities tend to adopt American structures that differ from the
ones at home.

Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

Source: The Washington Post

On April 11, 1999, The Washington Post published an
article on the celebratory march of Sikhs on Saturday, April 10th
along Constitution Avenue from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol
for the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa. With approximately 25,000
Sikhs, the march was largely to celebrate the Sikh religion, but it
also brought calls for an independent Sikh nation in the Punjab
province of India.

Kosovo Coverage

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 11, 1999, the Los Angeles Times reported that
the conflict in Kosovo is galvanizing the Muslim community in
Southern California. The 750,000 Muslims in Southern California are
conducting rallies to provide relief to the Muslim refugees. They are
also supportive of the NATO effort, which many believe is shifting
the long-held thought that the U.S. government is hostile to Islam.
Salam al-Marayati, director of the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public
Affairs Council, also pointed to changing American perceptions on
race and ethnicity: “The Kosovo crisis should resonate among European
Americans who now see that Muslims are people who look like them,
with blond hair and blue eyes.”

Kosovo Coverage

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On April 11, 1999, The Houston Chronicle reported that
members of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston and other area
mosques congregated in downtown Houston on Saturday, April 10th to
protest the killing of Muslims in Kosovo and to support the bombing
effort. Syed Mustafa Kamal, regional coordinator for the Kosovo Task
Force, said that similar demonstrations were being held in 50 other
United States cities.

Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

Source: The Plain Dealer

On April 10, 1999, The Plain Dealer reported that there
is a planned procession along Public Square in Cleveland on April
24th to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa. With two
gurdwaras and an estimated 500 families in the greater Cleveland
area, the Sikh community has a growing presence in the area. Ohio
Governor Bob Taft officially designated April 14th Khalsa Sikh Day in
recognition of “the faith, rich cultural heritage and family values”
that Sikhs promote.”

Sikhs Celebrate 300th Anniversary of the Khalsa

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 10, 1999, the Los Angeles Times published an
article on Sikhism to mark the 300th anniversary of the Khalsa. On
Sunday, April 4th, “more than 10,000 Sikhs celebrated the anniversary
in a colorful procession of floats through downtown Los Angeles.”

Kosovo Coverage

Source: The Hartford Courant

On April 10, 1999, The Hartford Courant reported that
members of the Albanian American Muslim Community Mosque in
Waterbury, Connecticut are raising money to send food, clothes, and
medicine to the ethnic Albanian refugees. They are also sending their
prayers. Nick Ozkan, president of the 150-family congregation, stated
that, “prayer is making contact with the All-Powerful because He can
stop what is happening.”