Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas and Congressman Mike Honda will headline this year’s Fred Korematsu Day Celebration on Sunday, January 26, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Morris Dailey Auditorium in Tower Hall at San Jose State University. Emmy Award-winning journalist Lloyd LaCuesta will emcee.
The celebration honors the fourth anniversary of “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties & the Constitution Day,” which is observed on January 30 by state law in California. Korematsu’s resistance to the Japanese American mass incarceration during World War II and his subsequent court victories revealed one of the worst violations of civil rights in American history. In 1998, Fred Korematsu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Bill Clinton.
Tickets are $15; $5 for students and can be purchased online at http://korematsuinstitute.org. The event is produced by the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, and sponsored by the Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center, the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and the film DOCUMENTED, a project of Define American, founded by Jose Antonio Vargas.