SAN JOSE — The Japanese American Museum of San Jose, Santa Clara County Superior Court Community Outreach Committee and Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education present a Fred T. Korematsu Day program and teacher workshop on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at JAMsj, 535 N. Fifth St. in San Jose Japantown.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — California Legacy Voices Teacher Workshop for teachers and administrators.
12:30 to 2 p.m. — Presentation by Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu, and a short film.
2 to 4 p.m. — A panel of judges and community leaders discussing the Korematsu coram nobis case and its impact on issues of intolerance toward ethnic and religious minorities today.
The presentation and panel are open to the public. RSVP is required to secure a seat. Email email@example.com or call (408) 294-3138 by Jan. 22.
Fred Korematsu challenged the constitutionality of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. His case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled against him and accepted the government’s argument of military necessity. In the 1980s, his case was reopened on the basis of new evidence and a U.S. District Court judge vacated his conviction and found that the government had given the court false information.
Korematsu, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998, traveled across the country to speak about his case and stress the importance of constitutional protections for all Americans. Five years after his death in 2005 at the age of 86, the State of California established Jan. 30, his birthday, as Fred Korematsu Day.
This program is made possible in part by the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant, sponsored by the National Park Service.
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