U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai"i) released the following statement in advance of Monday's national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Senator Schatz will participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade on January 20th, beginning at 9 am HST from Magic Island, and the Unity Rally at 12 pm HST at Kapiolani Park.
"This weekend, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a civil rights icon whose powerful voice spoke out for the oppressed and marginalized. When faced with intolerance, injustice, and hatred, Dr. King responded with compassion, hopefulness, and service. His values and principles have made us a stronger people and a greater country.
"Having recently made marriage equality a reality in Hawai"i, it is fitting to recall the words of Dr. King to our State Legislature in 1959 when he described Hawai"i as 'a place where we see the glowing daybreak of freedom and dignity and racial justice.' We can be proud that Dr. King saw these virtues in our people, and that we are carrying on in dignity and honor the cause of equal rights for all."