Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties
Please join us for HSU’s 3rd annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties from 5 to 8pm in the Kate Buchanan Room on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. In 1942, Fred Korematsu was arrested for refusing to go to a WWII incarceration camp for Japanese-Americans. He appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled against him. The court said the incarceration was justified due to military necessity. Forty years later, the discovery of new evidence allowed Korematsu to re-open his case with pro-bono lawyers. In 1983, a federal court in San Francisco overturned Korematsu's conviction. It was a pivotal moment in civil rights history. In 1998, Korematsu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Bill Clinton, the nation’s highest civilian award. Mr. Korematsu passed away in 2005 at the age of 86.
In 2010, California passed a bill marking every January 30 as Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties. It is the first day in U.S. history named after an Asian American.
- The 3rd Annual Fred Korematsu Day Event Schedule:
- 5:00-5:15 Welcome and introduction
- 5:15-7:00 Screening of documentary: Toyo’s Camera: Japanese American History During WWII (Director Junichi Suzuki, featuring George Takei and Daniel Inouye, 2009, 98min)
- 7:00-8:00 Discussion facilited by Ben Morles
Presented by the MultiCultural Center, Associated Students, and the HSU Library.