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Mrs. Jagdish A. Singh

Jagdish A. Singh and Dr. Amarjit Singh are partners in life for the past 50 years. She is the proud mother of their five daughters and grandmother of her five grandchildren. Mrs. Singh was born in the village of Haveli Chobdar, Punjab, India, the sixth of seven children. She was raised in a multi-generational family consisting of parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and number of cousins.

Not typical of Indian women of that time, however, Mrs. Singh chose a path that emphasized education. Indeed, armed with degrees from universities both in India and the United States, she grew to become a strong intellectual voice in the community. Over the years, she earned her undergraduate degree from Barring Union Christian College, Batala, India and later added a Masters Degree in Education, Guidance and Counseling from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.

To sum it all up, Mrs. Singh is a community activist. She promotes what for her are a very realizable goals ranging from the non-violence and peace espoused by her heroes, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., to the universal ideals of human rights, diversity and justice for all. She is recipient of numerous public service awards including significantly the Mary Helen Thomas “Award for Racial Justice” and the “Martin Luther King, Jr. Implementing the Dream Award” for her lifelong pursuit of peace and non-violence.

In addition, Mrs. Singh was commended for her long years in community service by a joint resolution of the Senate and the Legislative Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Finally, Meyera Oberndorf, Mayor of the City of Virginia Beach signed a proclamation declaring May 16, 2003 as Dr. Amarjit Singh, Mrs. Jagdish A. Singh and Ms. Tuni Singh Day.

Mrs. Singh currently serves on the Human Rights Council of the Commonwealth of Virginia as an appointment of Governor Mark Warner as well as on the Cox Cable Committee for Non-Profit Organizations of Hampton Roads (Virginia). In 2009, Mrs. Singh was recognized by the Rumi Forum for promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding and was one of the recipients of the 2009 Rumi Peace and Dialogue Award. 

Mrs. Jagdish A. Singh in her own words.