Origins of Manzanar, Tule Lake Pilgrimages to Be Discussed


Poster for last year's Tule Lake Pilgrimage.

Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey, and California Assemblymember Warren Furutani, one of the founders of the Manzanar Pilgrimage, will be panelists for “Community Builders: Japanese American Activism 1960-1980 (Part 1),” on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. First St. (at Central Avenue) in Little Tokyo.

The program is the first in a three-part series that will deal with the origins, the history, and the future of the Manzanar and Tule Lake pilgrimages from the perspectives of those who were part of them. The panel will also include Barbara Takei of Sacramento and Stan Shikuma of Seattle, both active in the Tule Lake Committee.

The program will be moderated by the UCLA Nikkei Student Union, which has been an active participant in the Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1987 and has recently taken a leadership role in the Manzanar at Dusk program, held annually on the same day as the Manzanar Pilgrimage.

This program is sponsored by the Aratani CARE grant of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

For more information, contact JANM at (213) 625-0414 or visit

A non-profit organization that has sponsored the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1969, along with other educational programs, the Manzanar Committee has also played a key role in the establishment and continued development of the Manzanar National Historic Site. For more information, visit


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