Fred Korematsu Day 2013 season events

The Fred Korematsu Day 2013 season was incredible! The Korematsu Institute worked with organizations across the country to put on a national calendar of events. Below is a list of roughly 30 events in 12 states! The events in Hawaii and Utah were particularly historic, because the Governors in those states proclaimed Korematsu Day on January 30th, 2013, and attended our celebrations in person!

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Korematsu Institute Flagship Event:

Heroes poster low res SAN FRANCISCO
Sunday, January 27, 2013  

Korematsu Institute Fred Korematsu Day “Heroes” celebration
WHEN: 1:00pm VIP reception with honorees, 2:30-4:30pm program
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102
WHAT: The Korematsu Institute celebrates Fred Korematsu Day 2013 by honoring 16 American civil rights heroes who’ve been long overlooked. This will be a historic gathering of civil rights heroes and the descendants of heroes who have passed on. The event also features celebrity emcee DANNY GLOVER, as well as a special performance by American Idol star JASMINE TRIAS.
TICKETS: Available for purchase here
$100 VIP reception with honorees + program admission
$25 program general admission
$10 senior (65+)/student admission
MORE INFO: or call 415-848-7737
FLYER: Download the flyer here

Events organized by other community organizations, with support from the Korematsu Institute (listed in alphabetical order of state):

ARIZONA: inaugural events!

arizona historical society museum
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Korematsu Institute Educator Reception and Workshop with Karen Korematsu
Time: 5:00-8:00 PM
Location: Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park, Tempe, AZ
Program: Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet the daughter of civil rights activist Fred Korematsu, sample grades K-12 curriculum from the Korematsu Institute’s Teacher Kit, and tour the AHS Museum’s Arizona on the Homefront WWII Exhibit. Light appetizers will be served.
Cost: $8 pre-registered / $10 at the door
Sponsored by: Rhodes Junior High Social Studies Club, Arizona Historical Society Museum, Tempe, Arizona Asian American Association (AAAA), Phoenix Chapter, Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), Arizona Chapter, Japanese American Citizen’s League (JACL), Private donor
Contact: Jeannine Kuropatkin,
rhodes_roadrunners_junior_mesa_arizona_sticker-p217081234868036069en7l1_216 MESA
Friday, January 18, 2013 

Student Assemblies with Karen Korematsu
Location: Rhodes Jr. High World Studies Academy, Mesa, AZ
Time: From 9:05-10:45 AM, Ms Korematsu will engage our students as guest speaker for two back-to-back “Civil Rights” Assemblies during which she will share her personal recollections of her father’s fight for civil liberties through his experience of defying the US government’s orders during WWII to report to the Japanese American Internment Camps, the famous Korematsu v US Supreme Court case, to the overturning of his conviction 40 years later in US Federal Appeals Court, and awarding of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton in 1998. Ms Korematsu will then connect her father’s social activism to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s and to MLK and the upcoming holiday that celebrates the legacies of civil rights heroes such as her father. From 10:45 AM-Noon, Ms. Korematsu will visit individual 8th grade Social Studies classes. In this more intimate setting, Ms. Korematsu will afford our students the opportunity to engage in more personal Q & A sessions regarding her father’s life story.
Sponsored by: Rhodes Jr. High Social Studies Club, Mesa Martin Luther King Committee, Arizona Asian American Association (AAAA), A private donor.
Contact: Jeannine Kuropatkin,

ARKANSAS – inaugural event!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Location: Black River Technical College, Community Conference Room of the Gaines Technology Center, 1410 Highway 304 East Pocahontas, AR 72455
Program: BRTC will host a special event focusing on the World War II Japanese American camps in southeast Arkansas. The observance will feature a special film screening preview of “Relocation: Arkansas” and will include a presentation by the filmmaker, Vivienne Schiffer of Houston, Texas. Schiffer’s mother, Rosalie Gould, former mayor of McGehee, near the site of Rohwer Relocation Center in Desha County. Gould is a longtime advocate and activist in efforts to preserve the two Arkansas camps.
Contact: Dr. Jan Ziegler,


Cherryland logo HAYWARD
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Time: 9:15am-1:20pm
Location: Cherryland Elementary School, 585 Willow Ave., Hayward, CA
Program: This event is closed to the public. Students are engaged in a project called “The Heroes Among Us,” focusing on the everyday heroes who seldom get noticed or recognized. As a kickoff to the project, students are learning about Mr. Korematsu and inviting Karen Korematsu to speak about the everyday heroism of her father.
Sponsored by: the 6th grade teachers of Cherryland Elementary
Contact: Corrie Littlejohn. School number: (510) 723-3810
lighthouselogo OAKLAND
Tuesday, January 22, 2013  

Location: Lighthouse Community Charter School, 444 Hegenberger Rd., Oakland, CA
Time: 9:30am-10:15am
Program: Lightkeeper’s Meeting school assembly – This event is closed to the public. Students in kindergarten through 4th grade will learn about Oakland native Fred Korematsu’s story, the day that bears his name and the Japanese American internment through a video message from Karen Korematsu and a presentation from Korematsu Institute Education Coordinator Tim Huey
Sponsored by: Lighthouse Community Charter School
Contact: Sam Humphrey, school main line: 510-562-8801
Saturday, January 26, 2013  

Location: Japanese American Museum of San Jose, 535 N 5th Street, San Jose
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Program: Dangerous Parallels – American Muslims Today and the Echoes of WWII Injustice. Featuring panelists Zahra Billoo (Executive Director of CAIR-SFBA), Tom Izu (Executive Director of the California History Center & Foundation at DeAnza College), with Masao Suzuki (long-time activist with the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee and the South Bay Committee Against Political Repression) as facilitator. Will also feature a screening of the documentary film “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story” (24 minutes)
Cost: Free with admission to the museum (non-members, $5; students and seniors over age 65, $3; JAMsj members and children under 12, free)
Sponsored by: Japanese American Museum of San Jose, Council on American-Islamic Relations – San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA)
Contact: Reserve your seat by emailing or calling (408) 294-3138
Event web site
Saturday, January 26, 2013  

National Security, Foreign Policy and Immigration panel at Bay Area Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (BAAPALSA) 2013 Conference
Location: 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305
Time: 1:15-2:45pm
Registration: $15
Program: It’s been almost 70 years since the Hirabayashi v. United States and Korematsu v. United States cases. How has the political climate towards immigration changed in the last half century, and how can we learn lessons for the future from the past?
Sponsored by: BAAPALSA
Contact: Christina Yang,, (860) 922-0871
Web site:
Heroes poster low res SAN FRANCISCO
Sunday, January 27, 2013  

Korematsu Institute Fred Korematsu Day “Heroes” celebration
Location: Herbst Theater, San Francisco, CA
Time: 1:00pm VIP reception with honorees, 2:30-4:30pm program.
Tickets: TBA
Program: The Korematsu Institute honors 16 long overlooked American civil rights heroes. Many of the living heroes, as well as the descendants of the heroes who have passed, will attend the event in person.
Sponsored by: Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education
Contact:, 415-848-7737
KDA sign photo OAKLAND
Wednesday, January 30, 2013  

Our Civil Rights: the Power of Words
Time: 5:00-7:00pm
Location: Korematsu Discovery Academy, 10315 E Street  Oakland, CA 94603
Program: featuring student essays, poems, plays and songs
Sponsored by: Korematsu Discovery Academy
Contact:, (510) 639-3377
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013  

Time: 6:00-7:45pm
Location: Fred T. Korematsu Elementary School, 3100 Loyola Drive, Davis, CA 95618
Program: This year, our evening program will consist of our school choir leading us in the school song and a performance by “Live Oakes Educational Theater” about the life story of another famous civil rights activist: Dr. Martin Luther King (with student stars!). These performances will be held in the MPR from 6-7pm. Then from 7pm to 7:45pm, students and their families are invited to participate in our hands on activity stations that will be held around campus, have their activity passports stamped and receive a small prize at the end of the night. Please mark your calendars and come join us for this wonderful evening devoted to Fred T. Korematsu.
Sponsored by: Korematsu Elementary School
Contact: Wes Hardaker,
AMCC_01-30-13_Fred Korematsu film flyer ALAMEDA
Wednesday, January 30, 2013  

AMCC Diversity Film Series: “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights The Fred Korematsu Story”
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Alameda Multicultural Community Center, 1900 Third St., Portable #30, Alameda, CA 94501. Enter on Brush St. at Third. Location is 3 blocks from bus line #31.
Program: As part of the Alameda Multicultural Community Center’s Diversity Film Series, this will be a screening of the Emmy award-winning film by Eric Paul Fournier and Ken Korematsu, “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story” followed by a discussion of the film. Refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by: The Alameda Multicultural Community Center
Contact:Carlos at or call 510-355-6984
San Leandro campus SAN LEANDRO
Wednesday, January 30, 2013  

Time: Various times
Location: Korematsu freshman campus at San Leandro High School, 13701 Bancroft Ave., San Leandro, CA 94577
Program: English teachers are using Korematsu Teaching Kits (from the Korematsu Institute) to talk to students about Mr. Korematsu’s story and how it connects to current racism. Students will describe inspirational people in their lives, such as Fred Korematsu. Students may also participate in a poster contest. Information about Mr. Korematsu will be displayed on campus and broadcast on the school’s intercom.
Sponsored by: San Leandro High School
Contact: Lori Watson,
humboldt HUMBOLDT
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Humboldt State University Fred Korematsu Day event
Time: 4:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Kate Buchanan Room, Humboldt State University
4:00 – 4:15 – Welcome & Introduction of Fred Korematsu
4:15 – 5:30 – Documentary: “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story”
5:30 – 6:45 – Documentary: “Searchlight Serenade” & Amy’s animation
6:45 – 7:30 – Panel with survivors, Naomi Inouye Meyer, Aiko & Edwin Uyeki
Please join us for this historical, awe-inspiring event!
Sponsored by: The Multi-Cultural Center & Associated Students
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Golden Gate University Law School Fred Korematsu Day event
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Golden Gate University, Room 2203
Program: WWII Japanese Internments: Can It Happen Again? GGU’s Asian Pacific American Law Student Association & South Asian Middle Eastern Law Student Association proudly invite you to join us in celebrating the legacy of Fred T. Korematsu, a national civil rights hero and the first Asian-American to be commemorated with a holiday in the state of California. The arguments that the government made in justifying the internments of Japanese Americans, are not surprisingly, the same arguments being made to support the detainment of Middle Easterners & Muslims in the U.S. Come learn what kinds of practices the U.S. government is still able to justify and what the legal implications of Fred Korematsu’s case are today. The panel includes Karen Korematsu, Fred Korematsu’s daughter, Robert Rusky, one of the attorneys from the 1983 coram nobis legal team, and Nasrina Bargzie, a Civil Rights & National Security staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus. The event will be moderated by Constitutional Law expert Professor Peter Keane. Lunch will be served. This is a free event, however, registration required.
Sponsored by: Golden Gate University Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, South Asian Law Students Association
Contact: Yunah Rha (APALSA), Tejal Naik (SALSA)
Sunday, February 10, 2013 

Fred Korematsu Day table at Foster City Public Library Lunar New Year event
Time: 11:00am-3:00pm
Location: Foster City Parks & Recreation Center, Lagoon Room, 650 Shell Blvd, Foster City CA 94404
Event flyer
Contact : Gina Kuo,


McKinley School PASADENA
Saturday, January 26, 2013 

Location: McKinley School Auditorium, 325 S. Oak Knoll, Pasadena, CA (Free parking across the street)
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm (registration at 9:30am)
Program: Featuring opening remarks by Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogard, a talk by Karen Korematsu, a screening of the documentary “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: the Fred Korematsu Story,” a Tule Lake presentation by Yukio Kawaratani, a photo exhibit of internment photo by Stone Ishimaru. Light refreshments will be provided. US Congresswoman Judy Chu and California Senator Carol Liu are scheduled to attend.
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Event flyer

Sponsored by: Pasadena Unified School District and Wow! Event Productions. Supporters: City of Pasadena, Pasadena City College
Contact: Wendy Anderson,, 626-683-8243.
Katy Geissert library TORRANCE
Saturday, January 26, 2013 

Location: Main meeting room, Katy Geissert Library, Torrance, CA
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Program: The program will begin with the 24-minute version of the film “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: the Fred Korematsu Story.” Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu and co-founder of the Korematsu Institute will then speak, following by a Q&A discussion.

The Torrance Korematsu event is being sponsored by the South Bay, Torrance and GLAS Chapters of JACL plus the Japanese American Historical Society of Southern California.
Download the flyer here.
San Diego FK Day SAN DIEGO
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Location: SDSU Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center Ballroom, 5500 Campanile Dr.
Time: 6pm
Program: Commemorating the annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. Speakers will include Greg Marutani, National JACL Education Chairman, Casey Tanaka, Mayor of the City of Coronado, David Loy, legal director ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and David Kawamoto, immediate past National President JACL. Fred Korematsu challanged Executive Order 9066 which forcibly placed Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II.  Freedom of Information Act findings by Professor Peter Irons of UCSD led to re-opening his Supreme Court case.  In 1988 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton.  Free event.
Sponsored by:  Nikkei Student Union Aztecs and the San Diego Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League
Flyer: click here
Contact: Mitsuo Tomita,

FLORIDA: second annual event!

University of Florida GAINESVILLE
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Time: TBA
Location: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Program: Discussion group event talking about Mr. Korematsu’s story and legacy and implications today.
Sponsored by: Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs at the University of Florida
Contact: Leah Villanueva,, 352-392-1217, ext 266

HAWAII: Inaugural events!

chaminade University HONOLULU
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Chaminade University of Honolulu, Henry Hall 207
Program: Korematsu Teacher’s Workshop open to middle and high school teachers from private, public and charter schools, with some travel stipends available for teachers from the neighbor islands.
Sponsored by: Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, Chaminade History Center, Hawai‘i State Department of Education, Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, Richardson School of Law Fred Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice, and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.
Contact: For further information or to register, contact Jane Murao at the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities at 732-5402 ext 2 or
uss-arizona-memorial HONOLULU
Wednesday, January 30, 2013  

Inaugural Hawaii Fred Korematsu Day celebration – Daytime event
Location: USS Arizona, Valor in the Pacific
Time: 10:00am-2:30pm
Tickets: Free of charge
Program: In May 2012, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie proclaimed January 30, 2013 as Fred Korematsu Day in the state of Hawaii! Program features Valor in the Pacific superintendent, Lt. Governor Brian Schatz, Karen Korematsu, free screenings of “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: the Fred Korematsu Story”
Sponsored by: The Hawaii Fred Korematsu Day committee
Facebook event page
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii HONOLULU
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 

Inaugural Hawaii Fred Korematsu Day celebration – Evening event
Location: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, 2454 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii
Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm
Tickets: Free of charge
Program: In May 2012, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie proclaimed January 30, 2013 as Fred Korematsu Day in the state of Hawaii! Program features Governor Neil Abercrombie, Senator Will Espero, Karen Korematsu, Helene Minehara, Nicole Verdadero, Randall Watt, a screening of “The Constitution and the Camps,” Carole Hayashino, Eric Yamamoto, William Kaneko, Ted Tsukiyama, Ashley Obrey, Dina Shek
Sponsored by: The Hawaii Fred Korematsu Day committee
Facebook event page

ILLINOIS: Inaugural event!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Location: Loyola School of Law, University of Chicago, CLC, 25E Pearson, Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th floor, Rm 1040
Time: 12-1pm
Program: Lunchtime film screening and discussion. Reflections by Rabya Khan, Council for American-Islamic Relations Chicago and Bill Yoshino, Midwest Director of Japanese American Citizens League
Event flyer
Sponsored by: AAI,CAIR-Chicago, JACL, NLG-TUPOCC
Student group sponsors: ACS, APALSA, BLSA, LLSA, MLSA, NLG
Contact: Andy Kang,

MASSACHUSETTS: inaugural event!

BostonCollege_KorematsuDay_2013_a BOSTON
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Location: Boston College Law School
Time: 12:30pm
Program: Lunchtime film screening
Sponsored by: Boston College Law Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
Contact: Joe Le,

MICHIGAN: inaugural events!

Pictured (left to right): Mary Kamidoi, Frances Kai Hwa Wang, Ling Woo Liu, Ron Aramaki, Roland Hwang, Dr. Daniel Krichbaum. Photo courtesy of Roland Hwang.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Location: Troy High School, 4777 Northfield Parkway, Troy, MI 48098
Time: 12:08pm-1:10pm
Please note: Program commemorating the Governor of Michigan’s certificate recognizing Fred Korematsu. This is a closed event open only to social studies classes at Troy High, invited guests and members of the media. The principal of the school, Mark Dziatczak, welcomed the speakers, along with approximately 100 Troy High students who attended the event. The Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Dr. Daniel Krichbaum, presented the Governor’s certificate of recognition for Mr. Korematsu. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion that featured 1) Roland Hwang, lecturer for Asian Pacific Islander America History and Law at the University of Michigan 2) Ling Woo Liu, director of the Korematsu Institute 3) Ron Aramaki, lecturer for Asian Pacific Islander American History and Law at the University of Michigan 4) Mary Kamidoi, Treasurer of American Citizens for Justice and former internee at Rohwer, AR internment camp 5) Frances Kai Hwa Wang, lecturer for Asian Pacific Islander American History and Law at the University of Michigan.
Sponsored by: Michigan Asian Pacific Affairs Commission, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Troy High School
Contact: Roland Hwang, Jen Hilzinger
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Location: University of Michigan Law School Hutchins Hall Room 120
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Program: Screening of documentary “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: the Fred Korematsu Story,” talk by Korematsu Institute director Ling Woo Liu
Sponsored by: University of Michigan Law Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
Contact: Mimi Yang,, Matthew Muma,

NEW YORK: Inaugural event!

Cornell_University ITHACA
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Cornell University, WSH, 301 Bear’s Den
Program: “My Movement, Our Movement: Observing Fred Korematsu Day.” Come, learn, and celebrate the legacy of Fred Korematsu! This year’s program will begin with a screening of the Emmy award-winning film by Eric Paul Fournier and Ken Korematsu, “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story” followed by a panel of campus community members reflecting on Korematsu’s push for civil liberties through his acts of defiance. Refreshments will be served. Check out the marquis outside of WSH wishing Cornell a happy Fred Korematsu Day!
Web site
Sponsored by: Diversity, Dean of Students
Contact: Patricia Nguyen, pcn29@cornell.edu6072553869

TEXAS: Inaugural event!

Marshall Middle School HOUSTON
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Time: TBA
Location: John Marshall Middle School, 1115 Noble, Houston, Texas 77009
Program: for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students
Contact: Donna Harris,

UTAH: Inaugural event!

utah capital SALT LAKE CITY
Friday, January 18, 2013
Time: 1:15pm
Location: Utah State Capital, Salt Lake City, UT
Program: Utah Governor Gary Herbert will proclaim Fred Korematsu Day in Utah for January 30, 2013. Featuring remarks by former Salt Lake County Councilmember Jani Iwamoto, Korematsu Institute director Ling Woo Liu, Topaz Museum board director Jane Beckwith, JACL-Salt Lake City co-president Jeanette Misaka