Alan Nishio To Receive Manzanar Committee’s 2017 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award

Alan Nishio
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LOS ANGELES — On March 29, the Manzanar Committee announced that long-time community activist and mentor Alan Nishio has been named as the recipient of the 2017 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award.

The award, named after the late chair of the Manzanar Committee who was 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 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 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 (see map below).

UCLA Kyodo Taiko will open the Pilgrimage at 11:30 AM PDT, while the main portion of the program begins at noon.

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UCLA Kyodo Taiko To Perform At 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

UCLA Kyodo Taiko performs at the 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage.
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PILGRIMAGE: Bus transportation available, but seats are going fast

LOS ANGELES — UCLA Kyodo Taiko will perform at the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 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).

UCLA Kyodo Taiko will open the program at 11:30 AM PDT, while the main portion of the program will begin at 12:00 PM.

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Manzanar Committee Mourns Loss of Former Manzanar NHS Superintendent Frank Hays

Former Manzanar National Historic Site Superintendent Frank Hays
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Photo: Tom Clayton
Courtesy National Park Service

LOS ANGELES — The Manzanar Committee extends its deepest sympathies to the family of former Manzanar National Historic Site Superintendent Frank Hays, who passed away due to a heart attack on March 3, which was, coincidentally, the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the Manzanar NHS.

A 58-year-old native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hays was the Associate Regional Director for Natural and Cultural Resource Stewardship and Science for the Northeast Regional Office of the National Park Service (NPS). He served as the Superintendent of Manzanar NHS from April 2001 to July 2005, overseeing Manzanar NHS’ transition from having virtually no staff and no on-site facilities to a much larger staff and a full-blown Visitor’s Center, which opened in 2004.

After his work at Manzanar NHS, Hays went on to work in Hawai’i as the Pacific Area Director for the Pacific West Region and as Acting Superintendent at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Memorial, which includes the USS Arizona Memorial.

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Warren Furutani To Be A Featured Speaker at 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

Warren Furutani
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PILGRIMAGE: Bus transportation from Downtown Los Angeles and Gardena will be available.

LOS ANGELES — Former California State Assemblyman and long-time community activist Warren Furutani will be a featured speaker at the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 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 incarceration of over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in ten American concentration camps, and other confinement sites, located in the most desolate, isolated regions of the United States, during World War II. Manzanar was the first of the American concentration camps to be established.

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