King holiday a festival of diversity in Islands
What's open and closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King Day will be the kickoff date for an eight-day protest to guard against violations of the civil rights of Hawaiis lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.
The Civil Unions Civil Rights Movement will begin the program at 6 p.m. Monday at the State Capitol auditorium. Local and national civil rights activists will speak on the theme "The King Legacy of Love and Nonviolence."
Candles will be lighted later as participants read the names of 66 people killed in the United States, the group says, because of their sexual orientation or identity.
Eight days of marches will take place at locations around Oahu, and a petition will be presented to the state attorney general alleging that the states bisexual, lesbian, gay and transgender citizens do not have full rights of citizenship.
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