Daniel K. Inouye, champion of civil rights and civil liberties, war hero, and the second longest serving US senator. He served as the US Senator from Hawaii from 1963 until his death in 2012. Inouye “never stopped confronting power on behalf of the rights of people of color, people with disabilities, women, lesbians and gays and political dissenters to equal justice and equal opportunity.” 

As Inouye said during the commencement address at the University of Hawaii in 2003, “History is an excellent teacher, provided we heed its lessons, otherwise, we are likely to repeat them.”

Learn more about Daniel K. Inouye (and the racism he experienced) here.

Read some of his quotes here (Daniel K. Inouye Institute).

Submitted by Stacey Mason; Illustration partially based on a photo by U.S.-Japan Council / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0