Oral History Of Pastor, Activist, Rev. Paul T. Nakamura Released – VIDEO

Rev. Paul T. Nakamura
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Photo: Mark Kirchner/Manzanar Committee

During the 46th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 25, 2015, we honored the Reverend Paul T. Nakamura, pastor of Lutheran Oriental Church in Torrance, California as the recipient of the 2015 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award.

The award was 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.

Rev. Paul, as he is known to his parishioners and just about everyone else who knows him, is a seminal figure in the Southern California Japanese American community, most notably for his involvement with the Manzanar Committee and the Manzanar Pilgrimage since its earliest days. He was also involved with the struggle for redress and reparations for the survivors of the World War II American concentration camps in which over 110,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents were unjustly incarcerated, also from its earliest days.

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VIDEO: Buzzfeed Releases “A Trip To Manzanar”

Screen capture from “A Trip To Manzanar”
Courtesy Buzzfeed.com

On September 10, Buzzfeed.com released a video by Jen Ruggirello (whose grandparents were incarcerated during World War II), who, along with four others, including Los Angeles Japanese American activist Sean Miura, visited the Manzanar National Historic Site.

They documented their visit, their observations and what they learned in the video, A Trip To Manzanar, which will serve as an educational, enlightening video, especially for those who have not been exposed to the Japanese American Incarceration Experience.

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Manzanar Committee at the 2016 Nisei Week Festival – Photos/Video

Members of the Manzanar Committee at the 2016 Nisei Week Awards Dinner
Photo: Vicky Perez/Manzanar Committee

This year, the Manzanar Committee was involved in the 2016 Nisei Week Festival, riding in the parade on August 14 in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo and we were honored by the Nisei Week Foundation, joining Bunkado and the Little Tokyo Public Safety Association as recipients of the Frances K. Hashimoto Community Service Award at the Nisei Week Awards Dinner the following evening.

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VIDEO: Educating Our Youth – Manzanar NHS’ Junior Ranger Program

Manzanar National Historic Site Ranger Rose Masters (left) speaks to a class from a local school who are
participating in the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger program.
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Photo (screen capture): Alisa Lynch/National Park Service

Once again, the Manzanar Committee gets a reminder of why we do the work that we do…

Back on April 19, 2016, eleven days before the 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, a teacher from a local school brought her students to the Manzanar National Historic Site where they participated in the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger program, in which they are taught to Explore, Learn, and Protect!, which is the motto of the program.

From the National Park Service’s web site: “The Junior Ranger motto is recited by children around the country; each taking an oath of their own to protect parks, continue to learn about parks, and share their own ranger story with friends and family.”

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