California’s Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution is the first day in U.S. history named after an Asian American. It is celebrated every January 30th on Mr. Korematsu’s birthday. The Fred Korematsu Day bill, AB 1775, was signed into law by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 23, 2010. Fred Korematsu Day is a day of special significance, when schools across the state are encouraged to remember the life of Fred Korematsu and recognize the importance of preserving civil liberties. For more about the history of California’s Fred Korematsu Day bill, click here.
Hawaii’s Fred Korematsu Day is a proclamation naming January 30, 2013 as Fred Korematsu Day in the state of Hawaii. It was signed by Governor Neil Abercrombie on May 6, 2012 and encourages the people of the Aloha State to recognize Fred Korematsu for his contributions to the nation’s civil rights movement. For more about the history of Hawaii’s Fred Korematsu Day proclamation, click here.
Utah’s Fred Korematsu Day is a proclamation named January 30, 2013 as Fred Korematsu Day in the state of Utah. It was signed by Governor Gary Herbert on January 18, 2013. For more about the history of Utah’s Fred Korematsu Day proclamation, click here.
The Korematsu Institute is working with community leaders in additional states around the country in order to spread awareness about Fred Korematsu Day and the Institute’s free Korematsu Teaching Kits. To get involved in Fred Korematsu Day efforts in your state, email firstname.lastname@example.org.