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: 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and 2016 Manzanar At Dusk

Crowd shot during the interfaith service at the 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

If you missed anything during the 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage or the 2016 Manzanar At Dusk program, just want to experience them all over again, or if you missed either event entirely, you can watch the entire speakers/performance portion of the Pilgrimage and the opening and open mic/wrap-up sessions from Manzanar At Dusk.

Also available from the Pilgrimage are clips of our keynote speaker, Dr. Cathy Irwin, our featured speaker, Maytha Alhassen, Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey, along with the presentation of the 2016 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award to former Inyo County Supervisor Bob Gracey.

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Former Inyo County Supervisor Bob Gracey To Receive 2016 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award

Robert W. “Bob” Gracey, shown here
as a member of the Inyo County
Board of Supervisors.
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Official Inyo County photo by Michael Cooke/Cooke’s Fine Photography

PILGRIMAGE: Bus transportation to Pilgrimage from Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo is available, but seats are going fast.

LOS ANGELES — On March 31, the Manzanar Committee announced that Owens Valley native Robert W. “Bob” Gracey has been chosen as the 2016 recipient of the Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award.

The award, 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, will be presented at the 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, on Saturday, April 30, 2016, 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).

Cultural performances begin at 11:30 AM PDT, while the main portion of the program starts at 12:00 PM.

Gracey, 87, born in Kearsarge (formerly a narrow gauge railroad station about five miles east of Independence, California), was elected in late 1992 to the Inyo County Board of Supervisors, representing the Fourth District, which includes the Manzanar National Historic Site.

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Manzanar Committee Decries Donald Trump’s Recent Remarks On Muslims, Japanese American Incarceration

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LOS ANGELES — On December 9, the Manzanar Committee repudiated comments by Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, who called for barring all Muslims from entering the United States, and just one day later, stating that he might have supported the incarceration of over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in American concentration camps during World War II.

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” a campaign press release stated on December 7.

“Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension,” Trump said, in the statement. “Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victim of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”

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