Richmond program to celebrate Fred Korematsu Day

RICHMOND — Karen Korematsu, founder and executive director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, will discuss her father’s life as a civil rights activist at a free talk at 11 a.m. Jan. 28 at the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center, 1414 Harbour Way South.  The event celebrates Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, a day created on Jan. 30, 2010, by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to remember the life of Fred Korematsu and recognize the importance of preserving civil liberties.

Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu, speaks at a celebration of the first Fred Korematsu Day on Jan. 30, 2011, at Wheeler Hall at UC Berkeley. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff) 

“Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942, leading to the forced removal and mass incarceration of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry to incarceration camps,” the park noted in an announcement. “Join us to view the two-time Emmy Award winning short documentary ‘Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story’ and revisit the injustices faced by Japanese Americans during World War II. The event will honor the legacy of Fred Korematsu, and discuss the importance of American civil liberties and our constitutional rights.”

Space is limited and reservations are required for this program. Call 510-232-5050, ext. 0 and leave a message with your name and phone number, and specify the date of the program.


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