Karen Korematsu to Speak at Manzanar

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“Fred Korematsu’s Story” will be presented on Sunday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m. in the Interpretive Center at Manzanar National Historic Site, 5001 Highway 395, Independence.

Karen Korematsu (Photo by J.K. Yamamoto/Rafu Shimpo)

Karen Korematsu will share her late father’s story of civil resistance against the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II, a story with particular  relevance in the post-9/11 world. 

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Korematsu, saying that the internment was justified by military necessity, but decades later his conviction was overturned and he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (760) 878-2194, ext. 3310, or go online to www.nps.gov/manz or www.facebook.com/ManzanarNationalHistoricSite.

Karen Korematsu, co-founder of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education in San Francisco, will also speak on Saturday, April 27, at the Manzanar Pilgrimage. For more information on the pilgrimage, visit http://blog.manzanarcommittee.org/.

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