A “Rally for USC Nisei” is being planned for Friday, May 11, the day of USC’s commencement ceremony.
During the ceremony, USC will grant honorary degrees to Japanese Americans who were forced to leave the university in 1942 due to Executive Order 9066. Those who have since passed away will receive honorary alumni status but no posthumous degrees.
Rally organizer Jon Kaji, president of Kaji & Associates and a USC alumnus, said, “It's time to send a clear message to the USC Board of Trustees and administration. Come out and protest the decision to limit USC honorary degrees to only the few Nisei still living — and to insult the memory of those Nisei who have passed on.”
Protesters will be on the northwest corner of Figueroa Street and Exposition Boulevard from 6 to 8:30 a.m.
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