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Lifetime Awards


Korematsu Lecture series

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


Photo courtesy of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library

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.”