Friday May 26, 2017 06:44 PM EST

SALDEF Gala Highlights Civil Rights Champions and Accomplishments

Jasjit Singh, associate executive director, with background photo of the Oregon governor signing a repeal of the ban on teachers wearing religious garb.

SALDEF Gala Highlights Civil Rights Champions and Accomplishments

Ravitej Singh Khalsa, at podium, received the Public Service Award and returned the favor by awarding Manjit Singh, SALDEF co-founder, far right, with a $5,000 award.

SALDEF Gala Highlights Civil Rights Champions and Accomplishments

Samuel Bagenstos, principal deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights, and keynote speaker.

SALDEF Gala Highlights Civil Rights Champions and Accomplishments

Wade Henderson, CEO and president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, a national coalition, received the Dorothy Heights Coalition Building Award.

SALDEF Gala Highlights Civil Rights Champions and Accomplishments

K.P. Singh, artist and activist, received the Bhagat Singh Thind Community Empowerment Award.

SALDEF Gala Highlights Civil Rights Champions and Accomplishments

Ajeet Singh Matharu's family accepts the Youth leadership Award on his behalf. An activist in the Jakara movement, a Sikh youth organization, a teacher who contributed to the Sojhi curriculum and an activist, passed away earlier this year at age 27.

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