2001 - 2010


On Sept. 24, 2010, San Leandro High School’s Fred T. Korematsu Campus, a new 9th grade state-of-the art building, was dedicated and opened in San Leandro, CA.


On Sept. 23, 2010, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB1775, officially recognizing January 30 (Korematsu’s birthday) as “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution.” Fred Korematsu Day is a day of special significance when teachers throughout the state of California are encouraged to teach Korematsu’s story and its relevance today. It is the first day in the history of the United States named after an Asian American. The Korematsu Institute’s first Fred Korematsu Day celebration was held on January 30, 2011, with more than 700 people in attendance.


In 2009, the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality was launched at Seattle University School of Law.


In 2009, the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education was launched at the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco, co-founded by Mr. Korematsu’s daughter, Karen Korematsu.


In 2006, the Fred T. Korematsu Discovery Academy (KDA), a K-5 elementary school in Oakland, CA, opened on the original Stonehurst Campus that Fred Korematsu and his brothers originally attended as children. The school now focuses on math and science with curriculum supported by UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science.



In 2005, the Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School at Mace Ranch, a new K-6 elementary school building in Davis, CA, was opened.


In 2004, American Muslim Voice launched its Fred Korematsu Civil Rights Award.


In 2002, Fred Korematsu received the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) Justice in Action Award.


Fred Korematsu has been the subject of several documentaries including Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: the Fred Korematsu Story, directed by Eric Paul Fournier and co-produced by Korematsu’s son, Ken. The film was released in 2001 and won two Emmy Awards.

On June 15, 2001, the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union awarded Fred Korematsu with the Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty award, which honors individuals who have made lifetime contributions to the advancement of civil liberties. For more information, please click here.