PILGRIMAGE: Bus transportation from Los Angeles is still available, but seats are going fast.
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Photo: Carlo de la Cruz. Courtesy Karen Korematsu/Fred T. Korematsu Institute
LOS ANGELES — Karen Korematsu
, co-founder of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education
, will be the featured speaker at the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee
, scheduled for noon 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).
Each year, over 1,000 people from diverse backgrounds, including students, teachers, community members, clergy and former incarcerees attend the Pilgrimage, which commemorates the unjust imprisonment of over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in ten American concentration camps located in the most desolate, isolated regions of the United States, during World War II. Manzanar was the first of these camps to be established.
This year’s Pilgrimage will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which granted redress to Japanese Americans who were forcibly removed from their homes during World War II, or their immediate family.
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