American Muslim Voice Foundation launched its Fred Korematsu Civil Rights Award in 2004
"Remember Them: Champions for Humanity" bronze sculpture
Fred Korematsu’s sculpture, included along with international humanitarians such as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Unveiled September 2011
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.: Fred Korematsu portrait
Fred Korematsu portrait dedicated, 2012, first Asian American in “The Struggle for Justice” permanent exhibit
NYU Law School, NY, NY
Established March 2000
Rainbow PUSH Coalition Trailblazer Award
In 1999, Fred Korematsu received the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Trailblazer Award at a lunch celebrating the 58th birthday of Rainbow PUSH founder Rev. Jesse Jackson. The award honors movers and shakers who are committed to social justice.
Pearlstein Civil Rights Award
On June 30, 1998, Fred Korematsu received the Pearlstein Civil Rights Award from the Anti-Defamation League. The award is named after Jewish community leaders Carl and Virginia Pearlstein. Click here to read the story.
California Senate Medal
On June 11, 1998, Mr. Korematsu received one of the first official
California Senate Medals, presented to him by California
Senator Bill Lockyer, Chair of the Senate Rules Committee.
Honorary Doctorate from City University of New York Law School
Honorary Doctorate from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Honorary Doctorate from California State University, East Bay
(formerly CSU Hayward)
Honorary Doctorate from University of San Francisco
Presidential Medal of Freedom
On January 15, 1998, Fred Korematsu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. During the official White House ceremony, President Bill Clinton’s introduction of Mr. Korematsu reflects the significance of his achievements: “In the long history of our country’s constant search for justice, some names of ordinary citizens stand for millions of souls … Plessy, Brown, Parks … To that distinguished list, today we add the name of Fred Korematsu.”
In 1988, the year President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act, a street in San Jose, CA was named Korematsu Court. It is adjacent to Hirabayashi Drive, named after Gordon Hirabayashi, who in 1942 bravely resisted the government’s curfew order imposed on Japanese Americans.