Fred Korematsu was born on January 30th about 90 years ago. In 1942, aged 23, he refused to go to an internment camp. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled that yes, he did have to go to the camps. His conviction stayed on the books until 1983, when it was overturned in a federal court in San Francisco on the basis of government misconduct. His work continues through the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education. In 2010, our grand state passed a bill making July 30th Fred Korematsu Day, which is celebrated throughout the state.
Pasadena is observing it with a ceremony at the Public Library. Mayor Bogaard will speak, as will a number of Japanese Americans from the community: Esther Takei Nishio, a “test case” for reintegration during the war; Susie Ling, a professor of History & Asian American studies at PCC; Alan Nishio, a founding member of the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress; Patty Kinaga, a litigator and filmmaker; and Soji Kashiwagi, a playwright and the executive producer of the Grateful Crane Ensemble.
Fred Korematsu Day
Monday, January 30th, 2 p.m..
Donald Wright Auditorium, Main Pasadena Public Library
285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena
Free! Limited seating, first-come, first-serve