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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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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THIS SATURDAY! 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2017 Manzanar At Dusk

Banners representing all of the American concentration camps in which more than 110,000 Japanese and Japanese
Americans were unjustly incarcerated during World War II are shown here during the interfaith service
at the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage in 2013.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

On Friday morning, April 28, the Manzanar Committee will begin its trek to the Owens Valley to begin our final preparations for the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and the 2017 Manzanar At Dusk program, scheduled for THIS SATURDAY, April 29, 2017.

Here are the critical points you need to know:

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Student Organizers On Why You Should Attend The 2017 Manzanar At Dusk Program

Juli Yoshinaga of the CSULB Nikkei Student Union is one of the organizers of the 2017 Manzanar At Dusk program.
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As you may know, students from four Southern California universities are the primary organizers of the Manzanar At Dusk program—the Nikkei Student Unions at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, California State University, Long Beach, the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, San Diego.

Back in 1997, when the event was first held, and was originally known as Manzanar After Dark, students from the EducationInAction program at City College of San Francisco helped organize the event and contributed greatly to it, as participants, for several years.

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