Some Thoughts About NCRR’s Impact As They Publish a New Book About Their History

Community members marched through Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo
during a Day of Protest, held in August 1989.
(click above to view larger image)
Photo: Gann Matsuda

As the movement for redress and reparations for the more than 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated or otherwise forcibly removed from the West Coast during World War II began to gain steam in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, different views on how to win redress emerged. Some might say that those divergent views became wide chasms. But in the end, those different paths to achieve victory came together, for the most part, and necessarily so.

One of those divergent views was that the people had to be part of the movement, that organizing the community on a grass-roots level would be critical if redress was to be achieved and it was NCRR that led the way in that regard.

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The First Organized Manzanar Pilgrimage In 1969 – Photographs

Pioneering attendees at the first organized Manzanar Pilgrimage, held on December 27, 1969, gathered around the Manzanar cemetery monument.
Photo: National Park Service/Evan Johnson Collection

The following photographs are from the very first organized Manzanar Pilgrimage on December 27, 1969, by photographer Evan Johnson, who attended the Pilgrimage, along with others from the Asian American Studies Department at the University of California, Davis.

Johnson donated his collection taken that day to the Manzanar National Historic Site.

“Regretfully, I have no other details of the participants or how this came about, but [that] our contingent was from U.C. Davis Asian American Studies Department, under the leadership of brilliant, inspiring and knowledgeable professor, Isao Fujimoto, still there after all these years,” Johnson wrote, in a letter that accompanied the film negatives.

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