2022 / 80 Years from Executive Order. 9066: Lessons Learned: 53rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage To Launch April 30

The cemetery monument at the Manzanar National Historic Site. Photo by Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee.

LOS ANGELES — Dale Minami, Fred Korematsu’s lead counsel in his 1983 coram nobis case, Alan Nishio, former Southern California Co-Chair of what was then the National Coalition for Redress and Reparations, Karen Umemoto, Director, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, UCLA Kyodo Taiko, and Bombu Stories will be featured during the 53rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, to be held online, premiering at 12:00 PM PDT on Saturday, April 30, 2022, on the Manzanar Committee’s YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/manzanarcommittee

United States Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawai’i) and Kathy Jefferson Bancroft, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation will offer welcoming remarks.

Manzanar was the first of the American concentration camps in which more than 120,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents were unjustly incarcerated during World War II.

Under normal circumstances, 1,000-2,500 people from all walks of life attend the Manzanar Pilgrimage each year, including students, teachers, community members, clergy and former incarcerees.

But like the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic will prevent the Committee from sponsoring the traditional live Pilgrimage at the Manzanar National Historic Site. Likewise, the 2022 Manzanar At Dusk program, will also be held online for the second consecutive year. The program is co-sponsored by the Nikkei Student Unions at California State University, Fullerton, California State University, Long Beach, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, Riverside, and the University of California, San Diego.

The 2022 Manzanar At Dusk program will be held in the hours following the premiere of the 53rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, live at 5:00 PM PDT via Zoom (videoconference) on April 30.

In addition to speakers and cultural performances, an interfaith service will also be featured during the online Pilgrimage program.

“The 53rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage will highlight lessons learned from our decades-long struggle to win redress,” said Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Bruce Embrey. “We will have a number of speakers, all fierce defenders of democracy and civil rights. Several also played leading roles in the Japanese American Redress and Reparations Movement.”

“It is hard to imagine that our community would be remembering the 80th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 while our country is on the verge of another constitutional crisis, as our democracy is threatened by a rise in racist authoritarianism,” added Embrey. “Conditions today, sadly, make our story of forced removal, and wholesale violations of civil, constitutional and human rights, all too relevant.”

“It is our hope that reflecting on the lessons we’ve learned over the past eighty years will make our community stronger, more resilient, and more effective in defending our democracy.”

Further details about the 53rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and the 2022 Manzanar At Dusk program may be announced at a later date.

For more information, call (323) 662-5102, or send e-mail to info@manzanarcommittee.org