Los Angeles Day of Remembrance 2017: Unite To Uphold Our Civil Rights

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Day of Remembrance 2017, a multimedia, multicultural program supporting civil rights for everyone, will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.

The Day of Remembrance is held annually to commemorate President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, which resulted in the unjust incarceration of over 110,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents in American concentration camps and other confinement sites during World War II.

“The experience of the Japanese American community serves as a stark reminder to our country to protect civil rights for all and stand against bigotry so that what happened to our community will never happen again to anyone, anywhere,” said Richard Katsuda of Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR).

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NCRR, JANM Announce Details For 2011 Day of Remembrance In Los Angeles

Former Congressman and Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta will be the keynote speaker at the 2011 Day of Remembrance on Saturday, February 19, 2011, at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles‘ Little Tokyo, sponsored by the National Coalition for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR), and the Japanese American National Museum. Read more of this post

Japanese Americans Receive Honorary Degrees, 67 Years After WWII Internment Cut Short Their Studies At UC Berkeley

The following is from the University of California, Berkeley NewsCenter. It is reprinted here with permission.

By Cathy Cockrell, University of California, Berkeley NewsCenter
December 16, 2009

Yukio Kawamoto celebrates his
freshly minted UC Berkeley diploma.
Photo: Cathy Cockrell/UC Berkeley NewsCenter

BERKELEY, CA — Forty-two former UC Berkeley students now in their eighties and nineties have finally received the campus degrees they had been working toward nearly seven decades ago, when Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps in the midst of World War II.

In a special ceremony during the traditional December convocation on Sunday, December 13, 2009, the elderly Japanese Americans accepted their honorary diplomas. Mounting the stage in Haas Pavilion’s cavernous basketball arena, some with the help of canes, they sat in two long rows of chairs, wearing mortar boards, gowns, and blue-and-gold leis of origami cranes fashioned by local school children.

For 78 additional Japanese Americans now deceased or too infirm to attend, family members accepted diplomas in their honor. Read more of this post