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Korematsu Day 2019 - Santa Clara Superior Court commemorates legacy of Fred T. Korematsu

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 16, 2019



Fred T. Korematsu Day 2019

Santa Clara Superior Court Commemorates the 100 Year Anniversary

of the Birth of Civil Rights Leader Fred T. Korematsu


SAN JOSÉ, California (January 16, 2019): In observance of Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, the Santa Clara County Superior Court has joined with several community organizations to present two events which recognize and pay homage to Fred Korematsu and his role in the advancement of civil rights.


On January 26, 2019, NBC Bay Area news reporter Robert Handa is moderating a panel from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to talk about Fred Korematsu’s lifelong mission to “Speak Up!” on behalf of civil rights for all persons regardless of national origin. The event is located in San Jose’s Japantown at The Wesley United Methodist Church - Fellowship Hall, 566 North Fifth Street, San Jose.


Panelists include:

Karen Korematsu – The Fred T. Korematsu Institute

Zahra Billoo - General Counsel of the Council for American Islamic Relations

Teresa Castellanos - County’s office of Immigrant Relations

Susan Hayase - Community leader in San Jose’s Japantown

Richard Konda - Asian Law Alliance

1.0 hour of attorney MCLE is being offered for attendance at the speakers’ panel.


The museum will also have two free showings, at 12:15 and 3:15 p.m., of the documentary film “Of Civil Rights & Wrongs: the Story of Fred T. Korematsu”. Of particular interest to educators, the Fred T. Korematsu Institute is providing its full kit of instructional materials, free of charge, to any teachers who register in advance and attend the day’s events.


The Japanese-American Museum of San Jose will open its doors to the public and provide free docent-led tours of its exhibits relating to the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans and the challenges that they faced to overcome wartime discrimination.


On January 30, 2019, noted Constitutional law scholar and SCU School of Law Professor Margaret Russell will be speaking about the legacy and lessons of the Korematsu court decisions from the WWII U.S. Supreme Court case to the 2018 “disaffirmance” in the U.S. Supreme Court travel ban case. 

1.0 hour of attorney MCLE is being offered for Professor Russell’s speech.


Judge Roberta Hayashi, of the Santa Clara County Superior Court, asks “Please join us as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of civil rights icon Fred T. Korematsu, who challenged through the courts the WWII detention and forced relocation of over 120,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry.  Forty years later, he successfully sued to overturn his conviction and continued to forcefully speak up against national origin discrimination. We think there is no better way to commemorate his legacy of speaking up for others.”

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