43rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage – VIDEO

Banners representing each of the ten American concentration camps where Japanese Americans were unjustly incarcerated during World War II are shown
here during the 43rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on April 28, 2012, at the
Manzanar National Historic Site, in Calfornia’s Owens Valley.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

We’re very, very late with this, but video from the 43rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, held on April 28, 2012, is now available.

The 2012 Pilgrimage included a performance by UCLA Kyodo Taiko, remarks by Les Inafuku, Superintendent, Manzanar National Historic Site, and by Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey. It also featured a keynote address by Mitchell T. Maki, author of Achieving The Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress, remarks by Manzanar Committee member Pat Sakamoto, the presentation of the 2012 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award to Rose Ochi, and musical performances by Mary Kageyama Nomura, the Songbird of Manzanar, and by Ken Koshio, Nancy Gohata, Darrell Kunitomi and Keith Uchima.

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Author, Scholar Dr. Mitchell Maki To Keynote 43rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 28, 2012

PILGRIMAGE: Bus transportation still available from Los Angeles, but seats are going fast.

Noted author and scholar Dr. Mitchell T. Maki will be the keynote speaker at the
43rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage.
Photo courtesy Mitchell Maki

LOS ANGELES — Mitchell T. Maki, Ph.D. will be the keynote speaker at the 43rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Los Angeles-based Manzanar Committee, scheduled for noon PDT on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on US Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles.

Each year, over 1,000 people from diverse backgrounds, including students, teachers, community members, clergy and former incarcerees attend the Pilgrimage, which commemorates the unjust imprisonment of over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in ten American concentration camps located in the most desolate, isolated regions of the United States. Manzanar was the first of these camps to be established.

This year’s Pilgrimage will commemorate the 70th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, authorizing the mass roundup and unjust incarceration of West Coast Japanese Americans during World War II. The event will also commemorate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Manzanar National Historic Site, which was authorized by legislation signed by President George H.W. Bush on March 3, 1992. Read more of this post