The actress Kathy Najimy is encouraging protestors to wear scarves 'hijab style'
Kathy Najimy, best known for her roles in Sister Act and King of the Hill, encouraged women attending an anti-inauguration march in Washington to wear scarves around their heads in a “hijab style” to show support for their “Muslim Sisters”.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Najimy wrote: “We wanted to create an action: visible and easy — to proclaim our commitment to freedom of religion and to the constitution…religion or no religion.
“We intend to show that we stand with our about-to-be-disenfranchised Muslim Sisters, in solidarity.
“We support every woman's right to worship as they wish and live in security and peace.
“Wherever you are in public on inauguration day, Jan 20th, please join The Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarves by wearing a scarf around your head, hijab style.”
Muslim women in the US have been left in fear since Trump’s shock victory in November after the President-elect promised a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims” during his election campaign.
Ms Najimy, 59, is leading ‘The Sisterhood of the Travelling Scarves’ campaign group as thousands of people are expected to turn out in Washington to protest against Trump’s inauguration as President.
Ms Najami posted this photo in her rallying cry on Facebook
Wherever you are in public on inauguration day, Jan 20th, please join The Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarves by wearing a scarf around your head, hijab style
Speaking to US website People, she said: “I saw a woman with an hijab, and I thought, how can she know that I support her without going up and embarrassing her?
“So I thought, what if we wore them on Inauguration Day?"
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Ms Najami has been a strong critic of Trump's Muslim rhetoric
“All issues of freedom and human rights are important to me, and I’m not a religious person or a person who supports any particular religion, but I believe in rights as a citizen, in American rights.
“And I believe, as the constitution says, the right to worship however you choose.”
Between 800,000 and 900,000 people are expected to be in Washington as Trump is sworn-in as President, although officials admitted they aren’t sure how many will be celebrating or protesting their new President.