Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration Presents: A Recognition of Fred T. Korematsu

Fred Korematsu

Date and Time

Friday, January 30, 2015 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM


Fred T. Korematsu was one of many American citizens of Japanese ancestry who were incarcerated during World War II. He is famous for defying the government’s order to report to an assembly center.  Fred Korematsu appealed his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled against him in 1944.  Years later, his conviction was vacated by the U.S. District Court of Northern California.  Fred’s courage and activism was recognized by his receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Clinton in 1998.  Fred T. Korematsu is the first Asian American honored by a state for a day in his name.

The program will begin with a documentary video on the life and legacy of Fred Korematsu following by brief remarks from the speakers.


Matthew Wesaw, Director of Michigan Department of Civil Rights
Ron Aramaki, Department of American Culture at University of Michigan
Roland Hwang, Department of American Culture at University of Michigan
Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Contributor for NBC News Asian American and Editor of AAPI Voices

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