March 22, 2024 (Los Angeles, CA) — Earlier this week, the Sikh Coalition published and presented a new education resource, a lesson plan titled Unveiling Bhagat Singh Thind’s Journey.

Unveiling Bhagat Singh Thind’s Journey, developed by the Sikh Coalition and Dr. Pritpal Kaur, explores the story of Bhagat Singh Thind, a Sikh immigrant and U.S. Army veteran who sued the U.S. government in an attempt to become a naturalized citizen of the United States. Thind’s lawsuit led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling in 1923 that had profound consequences on the U.S. immigration system for decades to come. The lesson plan, which guides 11th grade students through the context and impact of Thind’s court case, was designed in accordance with not only California’s U.S. History and Geography standards, but also the state’s Ethnic Studies Principles and Values.

On Wednesday, Sikh Coalition Senior Education Manager Savleen Singh presented Unveiling Bhagat Singh Thind’s Journey as well as a broader session on Sikh awareness and the history of the Sikh community in California to more than 20 social studies educators at the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). A recording of her presentation will be made available to additional ethnic studies teachers in California.  

“We are grateful to the Sikh Coalition for developing and sharing not only the Bhagat Singh Thind lesson plan, but also additional educational information about the California Sikh community, ” said Michelle Herczog, Coordinator III, History-Social Sciences of LACOE. “Sikh students are an important part of California’s classrooms, and they deserve to see themselves and their history reflected in their education through thoughtful, nuanced conversations just like students from any other community.”

Unveiling Bhagat Singh Thind’s Journey is available on the Sikh Coalition’s website, and will eventually be available to teachers via California Educators Together. The development of this lesson plan and presentation to LACOE follows on years of engagement in California schools and education policy issues, including a robust advocacy campaign to ensure meaningful Sikh inclusion in the state’s landmark Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum. To see all of the lesson plans, discussion guides, and other educational resources available for Sikh students and parents to share with their educators, visit our website: we have content available for elementary school-aged students, as well as middle and high school-aged students.

As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.