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Japanese Am civil rights & gay activist honored by Google

Google marked Pride Month by featuring Japanese American gay and civil rights activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya with a Google Doodle.

He began his life at the Heart Mountain Concentration Camp in Wyoming where he was born.

He would eventually become a personal assistant to Martin Luther King and he would witness the famous I have a dream speech in 1963. The previous year he participated in the Congress for Racial Equality’s sit-ins at diners in Maryland, reported 9 to 5.

CNET reports that three years ago, the board of governors inducted him into the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor at the Stonewall National Monument.

His biography on the Legacy Project website credits Kuromiya with being one of the founders of the Gay Liberation Front/Philadelphia and he also served as a gay delegate to the Black Panther convention.

He became active caring and advocating for people with AIDS as part of ACT-UP/Philadelphia; PWA empowerment and We The People Living with HIV/AIDS.

He also became an advocate for medical marijuana, serving as the leading plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Kuromiya vs. The United States of America.

The Google Doodle depicts a protest in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and a progress pride flag.

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