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Day of Remembrance 2018
February 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
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 some 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. 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.
This year’s program features:
- Keynote speaker Dale Minami, a civil rights attorney who is best known for heading the legal team that represented Fred Korematsu, who defied the government’s orders to report to an incarceration camp. The overturning of Korematsu’s conviction led to one of the most controversial US Supreme Court decisions of the twentieth century.
- A panel discussion moderated by CHM president Gary T. Johnson with Dale Minami and Chicago civil rights attorney Azam Nizamuddin.
- A Taiko drum performance of the piece “Poston” by Ho Etsu Taiko.
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.
*Advance Registration Required – you may register at the Chicago History Museum event page, or by calling the museum (312-642-4600) during operating hours.
Calling all youth!
Drop into the protest banner workshop at 12:30 or 2:00 pm and learn the importance of using your voice and how these protest banners can be perfect platforms. Participate in the collaboration of our larger banners or make a small one to take home. The larger banners will be donated to the Protest Banner Lending Library founded by artist Aram Han Sifuentes.