By Jeff Huett, APR

New York — At a time when public discourse is in most need of a change in tone, some of those recognized for excellence by the Religions Communications Council Thursday night said they hoped their work would help do just that.

Simran Jeet Singh, a member of the RCC representing the Sikh Coalition, said he hoped the words he shared as part of a best-of-class-winning piece called the “Attack on Jewish Community is an Attack on Us All” would be taken to heart.

“It is important for us to recognize that the disease of bigotry plagues all of modern America and that we must be proactive to prevent it from infecting our own homes,” Singh wrote in his piece, which won the Writing for Publication class.

The RCC handed out awards recognizing excellence in nearly 60 categories of communications and public relations in New York City at its annual convention. The DeRose-Hinkhouse award recognizes the achievements of RCC members who demonstrate excellence as religion communicators. The awards honor the late Victor DeRose and Paul M. Hinkhouse, who were leading lithographers in New York City.

Singh also won the best of class for his entry for a social media campaign #BeLikeDarsh. The campaign started after a Facebook post supporting Darsh Preet Singh, a Sikh American basketball player, went viral.

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