April 30 — Mako Nakagawa, the primary author of the “Power of Words” resolution, passed in July 2010 by the National Council of the Japanese American Citizens League, will be the keynote speaker at the 42nd annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Los Angeles-based Manzanar Committee, scheduled for 12 noon on Saturday, April 30, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles.
Each year, over 1,000 people from diverse backgrounds, including students, teachers, community members, clergy and former internees, attend the pilgrimage, which commemorates the unjust imprisonment of over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in 10 concentration camps located in the most desolate, isolated regions of the country. Manzanar was the first of these camps to be established.
Nakagawa, 74, was born in Seattle. During World War II, she was incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center in Washington, then at the Minidoka concentration camp in Idaho, and then at the Crystal City internment camp in Texas.
In addition to the daytime program, the pilgrimage continues that evening with the popular Manzanar at Dusk (MAD) program, scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lone Pine High School gymnasium, located at 538 S. Main St. (Highway 395) in Lone Pine, nine miles south of the Manzanar National Historic Site, across the street from McDonald’s.
The bus will take participants to the Interpretive Center at the Manzanar National Historic Site after the afternoon program, and should arrive back in Los Angeles at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Bus reservations are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information or to make a reservation, call (323) 662-5102 or send e-mail to [email protected]. The non-refundable fare is $40 per seat.
For more information, call (323) 662-5102, send e-mail to [email protected] or check the Manzanar Committee’s blog at http://blog.manzanarcommittee.org. You can also follow the Manzanar Committee on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ManzanarCommittee) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/manzanarcomm).