A new book about civil rights icon Fred Korematsu's fight against Japanese-American incarceration wants to teach young readers to "stand up for what is right.
On June 28, 2016, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts held a hearing on “Willful Blindness – The Consequences of Agency Efforts to DeEmphasize Radical Islam in Combating Terrorism.” Senator Christopher Coons of Delaware spoke about how measures to protect national security must not violate constitutional rights and fundamental American values. Sen. Coons shared how the wrongs of the Japanese American incarceration and Fred Korematsu’s fight, including his legacy as carried on by Karen Korematsu, remind us of the path America cannot take again. See Sen. Coons’ closing remarks by clicking the image above.
APABA-DC's presentation of the Fred Korematsu v. United States case - "A Man of Quiet Bravery" was a success last night! Esteemed judges and leaders of our the legal and civil rights communities did an outstanding job re-enacting the case at the beautiful ceremonial courtroom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. At the reception following the re-enactment, Ms. Karen Korematsu, Fred's daughter and Executive Director of the Korematsu Institute, provided moving remarks. APABA-DC is proud to have had the opportunity to highlight this important case that should always be remembered and that serves as a reminder to us all of the mistakes of our history that should never be repeated.
In San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, the Fred T. Korematsu Institute presented its annual program for Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution Jan. 30 with this year’s program entitled “Re(ad)dressing Racial Injustice: From Japanese American Incarceration to Anti-Muslim Bigotry.” Featuring two panels of speakers, as well as presentations by children, the evening addressed the parallels Muslims and people of Arabic descent face today with that of wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans.
A dual ceremony was held Jan. 30 honoring the late civil rights activist Fred T. Korematsu and dedicating the new middle school campus in El Cerrito named in his honor. Korematsu, in 1942 at the age of 23, refused to be placed in the government's Japanese American internment camps of World War II. He was arrested and convicted for defying the order. After a failed Supreme Court appeal in 1944, a federal court in San Francisco overturned his conviction on November 10, 1983. Korematsu was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton in 1998.