You, and the Bill of Rights

LIHUE — With the 58th presidential inauguration of the 45th United States president scheduled for Friday, and the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., Lihue and the world scheduled for Saturday, this is a timely exhibit, said librarian Carolyn Larson, Lihue Public Library.

In partnership with the National Archives, and the Hawaii Council for the Humanities, “The Bill of Rights and You” opened to the public Wednesday, and will be on display during the library’s operating hours through Feb. 28.

“I’ve been teaching the Bill of Rights for a number of years,” said Jim Whitfield, a former publications editor and professor of journalism. “This is a good summary on the Bill of Rights.”

The four-sided exhibit commemorates the 225th anniversary and is part of “Amending America,” a national initiative exploring the power of the Bill of Rights and America’s enduring system of government.

“We are the only library on Kauai to host this exhibit,” Larson said.

The Bill of Rights, added to the Constitution in 1791 as the first Ten Amendments, protects individual rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the freedom to practice religion.

The Constitution gives the government power, and the Bill of Rights protects individual freedoms.

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