Stop Repeating History: Lessons Ignored from EO 9066
Sunday, February 18 | 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
Each year, Chicago’s Japanese American community comes together to remember President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.
This year’s program features:
– A keynote address by Dale Minami, a civil rights attorney who is best known for serving as the coordinating attorney on the legal team for the coram nobis cases related to Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi, and Minoru Yasui, all of whom had their convictions upheld in controversial WWII era Supreme Court decisions. As the lead attorney on Fred Korematsu’s coram nobis case, he successfully was able to get the Korematsu conviction vacated.
– Following the keynote address will be a panel discussion moderated by Chicago History Museum president Gary T. Johnson with Dale Minami and Chicago civil rights attorney Azam Nizamuddin.
– The program will conclude with a Taiko drum performance of the piece “Poston” by Ho Etsu Taiko.
This program serves as a reminder of the fragility of civil liberties in times of crisis and the importance of remaining vigilant in protecting the rights and freedoms of all.
Day of Remembrance is sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Council, the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, the Japanese American Citizen League–Chicago Chapter, the Japanese American Service Committee, and the Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago.
Free; Please RSVP on the Chicago History Museum website or by phone during Museum hours 312-642-4600.