Charles R. Drew University in South Los Angeles will observe Japanese American Day of Remembrance on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with an educational program on the lessons learned from the mass internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
This event will feature a video presentation by Dr. Greg Kimura, CEO of the Japanese American National Museum, and a special presentation by Dr. Thomas Yoshikawa, professor of internal medicine at CDU, followed by an open discussion with faculty, students and community leaders.
A taiko drum performance will conclude the discussion, sponsored by Zenshuji-Soto Buddhist Temple, Legacy Harmony Music Series @ Little Tokyo LA, the Little Tokyo Business Improvement District, Little Tokyo Business Association.
Day of Remembrance observes the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Feb. 19, 1942, which resulted in the internment of some 120,000 Japanese Americans without due process of law.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Keck Auditorium, 1731 E. 120th St.
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area, it has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.
The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU’s mission is to conduct education, research and clinical services in the context of community engagement to train health professionals who promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion, and transform the health of underserved communities. For more information, visit www.cdrewu.edu/.