A Sikh man captures a mural being unveiled at Jaswant Singh Khalra Park in West Fresno on May 22. The cost of the mural was covered by the James Irvine Foundation as part of an award package for Naindeep Singh for the work he has done with the Jakara Movement.
The Movement has supported Sikh families through the Covid-19 pandemic and addresses their economic, educational and cultural issues. Singh was one of seven Californians given the Irvine Leadership Award, which includes a $250,000 prize.
Sixteen figures in human rights activism from around the world are included in the mural: (from left to right) Russian Natalia Estemirova, Kashmiri Jalil Andrabi, Mexican Benito Juarez, Turkish-Armenian Hrant Dink, Mexican Digna Ochoa, Honduran Berta Cáceres, South African Steven Biko, Punjab Sikh Jaswant Singh Khalra (for whom the park is named), Brazilian Marielle Franco, American Viola Gregg Liuzzo, American Fred Hampton, Hmong Touby Lyfoung, American Harvey Milk, Salvadoran Oscar Romero, Filipino Benigno Aquino, Jr., and Finn Jyri Antero Jaakkola. Photo by Peter Maiden