Warren Furutani To Receive 2013 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award at 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

PILGRIMAGE: Limited seats still available on bus to the Manzanar Pilgrimage from Los Angeles.

Long-time community activist and public servant Warren Furutani will receive the 2013 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award at the 44th Annual
Manzanar Pilgrimage, on April 27, 2013.
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Photo courtesy Warren Furutani

LOS ANGELES — On March 25, the Manzanar Committee announced that long-time public servant, community leader, and grass-roots activist Warren Furutani, one of the co-founders of the first organized Manzanar Pilgrimage in 1969, and of the Manzanar Committee, has been chosen as the 2013 recipient of the Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award.

The award, named after the late chair of the Manzanar Committee who was also one of the founders of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, and was the driving force behind the creation of the Manzanar National Historic Site, will be presented at the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, scheduled for 12:00 PM PDT on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below).

Furutani, 65, was already a grass-roots community activist and civil rights advocate when he became one of about 150 people who made the first organized Pilgrimage to Manzanar on December 27, 1969. He talked about that experience during an event at the Japanese American National Museum on October 8, 2011.

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The First Organized Manzanar Pilgrimage In 1969 – Photographs

Pioneering attendees at the first organized Manzanar Pilgrimage, held on December 27, 1969, gathered around the Manzanar cemetery monument.
Photo: National Park Service/Evan Johnson Collection

The following photographs are from the very first organized Manzanar Pilgrimage on December 27, 1969, by photographer Evan Johnson, who attended the Pilgrimage, along with others from the Asian American Studies Department at the University of California, Davis.

Johnson donated his collection taken that day to the Manzanar National Historic Site.

“Regretfully, I have no other details of the participants or how this came about, but [that] our contingent was from U.C. Davis Asian American Studies Department, under the leadership of brilliant, inspiring and knowledgeable professor, Isao Fujimoto, still there after all these years,” Johnson wrote, in a letter that accompanied the film negatives.

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Manzanar Committee Loses Long-Time Leader Tak Yamamoto on November 9, 2012

Long-time Manzanar Committee leader Tak Yamamoto (second from left), shown here receiving the Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award at the 40th Annual
Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 25, 2009, died on November 9, 2012.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles-based Manzanar Committee is saddened to report the passing of long-time Manzanar Committee leader Takenori “Tak” Yamamoto, of Los Angeles, on Friday, November 9, 2012.

Yamamoto, 74, died of natural causes, according to long-time partner and Committee supporter Karl Fish.

Growing up in a large family, Yamamoto was among the 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry who were forcibly removed from the West Coast as a result of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Read more of this post

Interactive 3D Model Could Revolutionize Real and Virtual Visitor Experience For Manzanar

Editor’s Note: All photographs and video clips below represent the status of the project detailed in the story as of the publication date. They are not intended to represent the final product. As such, they could contain errors, inaccuracies or omissions that will be addressed as work on the project continues. All images and video in this story are © 2012 CyArk. All rights reserved.

A view of the barracks at Manzanar, as it looked in July 1944, in a 3D computerized model.
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LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar National Historic Site’s virtual museum, accessible via their web site, is a treasure trove of information that can be used to learn about Manzanar through the use of text, images, video, slide shows and more.

Those who make the trek to Manzanar, located Read more of this post


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