Manzanar Committee Presents 2nd Annual Student Awards – Photos

Recipients of the Manzanar Committee’s Second Annual Student Awards.
Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

GARDENA, CA — On May 20, the Manzanar Committee presented its Second Annual Student Awards to 15 students during a celebration at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute in Gardena, California.

The Student Awards Program is 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 that demonstrate an understanding of his/her guiding principles of social justice in today’s society.

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Media Coverage Wrap-Up: 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2017 Manzanar At Dusk

From left: Sahar Pirzada, traci kato-kiriyama, Kathy Masaoka) and traci ishigo performed a powerful, inspiring
poem during the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

LOS ANGELES — It’s been a little over two weeks since the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and the 2017 Manzanar At Dusk program, held on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

As we noted previously, more than 2,000 people attended the Pilgrimage and approximately 550 participating in the Manzanar At Dusk program, shattering the previous attendance record of 360.

Our professional photo essay from the Pilgrimage from Mark Kirchner and Geri Ferguson is forthcoming. We have posted some amateur photographs from the events. Video from the events is also forthcoming.

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New At Manzanar NHS: You’ve Got To See The Historic Women’s Latrine

The following is an updated version of a story originally published here on September 23, 2016.


Historically accurate communal toilets in the Block 14 women’s latrine at Manzanar National Historic Site. Note the absence of partitions.
(Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

INDEPENDENCE, CA — With the 25th Anniversary of Manzanar becoming a National Historic Site (March 3, 2017) being commemorated this year, and with the much more significant milestone, the 75th year since President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, also being commemorated, the Manzanar National Historic Site continues to work on bringing two new exhibits online.

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48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2017 Manzanar At Dusk – In Photos

Looking west, towards the Eastern Sierras, during the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

Members of the Manzanar Committee are only now returning to a level of consciousness that closely resembles our respective normal conditions after an exhausting, yet exhilarating and inspiring weekend in which over 2,000 people attended the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on Saturday, April 29, and about 550 attended the 2017 Manzanar At Dusk program that same evening (shattering the previous Manzanar At Dusk record of 360 participants).

The entire day was a huge success, and not only for the Manzanar Committee, but for all of our communities. We came together as one to speak out against the injustices, the racism, and the attacks on people of color and immigrants. We came together to speak out for the Constitutional rights of all people, seeking to remind the world of what can happen when “…race prejudice, wartime hysteria and a failure of political leadership,” not to mention economic greed, are allowed to overwhelm our senses and judgment.

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