2018 Fred Korematsu Day

22 Jan 2018 Fred Korematsu Day

Celebrating its 8th year, the 2018 Fred Korematsu Day continues to honor Fred Korematsu and his contributions to the nation’s civil rights movement. Organized by the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, Korematsu Day is observed on January 28, 2018 as a day to remember the life of Fred Korematsu and recognize the importance of preserving civil liberties.

Fred Korematsu, born in Oakland, CA in 1919 was one of the many Japanese-American citizens which was forced to uproot their lives and deported into Japanese American internment camps under the Executive Order 9066 in 1942. Fred Korematsu was arrested for refusing to be incarcerated and appealed his case to the Supreme Court, which ruled against him. Forty years later, the discovery of new evidence allowed Korematsu to re-open his case and in 1983, a federal court in San Francisco overturned Korematsu’s conviction. The Fred Korematsu Day bill, AB 1775, was signed into law under former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 23, 2010, creating the first day in U.S. history to be named after an Asian American.

This year’s Korematsu Day features an evening of discussion and celebration with special guests including American activist and former United States military analyst, Daniel Ellsberg in addition to performances by Emeryville Taiko and Leung’s White Crane Lion Dance Group. Learn more >


Fred Korematsu Day Celebration
January 28, 2018    2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Admission: General $25, Seniors $15, Students Free
University of California, Berkeley – Wheeler Hall