Manzanar Committee Announces Third Annual Student Awards Program

Sara Omura (left), one of the first place winners from the Second Annual Manzanar Committee Student Awards Program is shown here with Manzanar Committee member Colleen Miyano.
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LOS ANGELES — On January 21, the Manzanar Committee announced their Third Annual Student Manzanar Committee Awards Program, a creative works program in which K-12 students may submit essays, short stories, poetry, works of art, including drawings, collages, posters, and works involving technology, including animation, podcasts, movies, or videos.

The awards program will recognize students who demonstrate an understanding of his/her guiding principles of social justice in today’s society. Winning entries will be eligible for prizes up to $100.00, and their works may be presented at the 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 28, 2018, on the Committee’s web site ( and/or blog (

“With the 30th anniversary of signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 coming in August, this year’s Student Awards Program is looking at what our victories were, but more importantly, why are we still fighting the same battles,” said Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Jenny Chomori. “Why are we still fighting for constitutional rights? Why is history repeating itself? What did the apology mean? We hope students will be able to look at their communities and see how they can help.”

“Our Student Awards Program is a vehicle for students to demonstrate their understanding of human and civil rights today, and to show how they will be able to help educate others on the current issues facing our communities,” added Chomori.

Categories for submissions include short prose genres, art, and technology. The deadline for entries is March 9, 2018. Winners will be contacted shortly after this date so they may make plans, if they so choose, to attend the 49th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, where they will be presented with their award.

Entry forms, and further information, including program rules, can be downloaded at:

A printable brochure for the Student Awards Program can be downloaded at:

For more information, send e-mail to or call (323) 662-5102.

The Manzanar Committee is dedicated to educating and raising public awareness about the incarceration and violation of civil rights of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II and to the continuing struggle of all peoples when Constitutional rights are in danger. A non-profit organization that has sponsored the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1969, along with other educational programs, the Manzanar Committee has also played a key role in the establishment and continued development of the Manzanar National Historic Site. For more information, check out our blog at, call us at (323) 662-5102, and e-mail us at You can also follow the Manzanar Commitee on Facebook, on Twitter at @manzanarcomm, on Instagram at @manzanarcommittee, on Pinterest and on YouTube.


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