For the Day of Remembrance commemorating the forced removal during World War II of 110,000 Japanese Americans from their West Coast homes to detention centers, Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi, authors of Wherever There’s a Fight; How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, will give four presentations this weekend, Feb. 19 and 20, 2011, at the site of the Manzanar internment camp.
For more details, here is the press release from the National Park Service:
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE, 2011
AUTHORS ELAINE ELINSON AND STAN YOGI
TO SPEAK AT MANZANAR, FEBRUARY 19 AND 20
Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi’s book, Wherever There’s a Fight; How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, won a Gold Medal in the 2010 California Book Awards. The authors give special focus to the World War II internment of Japanese Americans, foreshadowed by a century of civil liberties violations. They also explore contemporary issues including: dissent, racism, immigration, and the role of national security.
The annual Day of Remembrance observance commemorates the impact of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which on February 19, 1942 authorized the forced removal of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans from their homes on the West Coast.
Elinson and Yogi will take the audience on a 40-minute illustrated virtual tour of civil liberties battles in California, from the Gold Rush to the present day, highlighting courageous individuals such as Fred Korematsu, who stood up for their rights and changed history.
Elaine Elinson was the communications director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and editor of the ACLU News for more than twenty years. Stan Yogi has managed development programs for the ACLU of Northern California since 1997. Stan’s mother, Tokiko Kuniyoshi, was in the Manzanar High School Class of 1944.
The presentations, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, will include ample time for audience questions and book signing. The Manzanar National Historic Site Interpretive Center also features extensive exhibits, audio-visual programs, and a bookstore. Winter hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Manzanar is located at 5001 Hwy. 395, six miles south of Independence, California. Programs are free and open to the public. For further information, please call (760) 878-2194 or visit our website at nps.gov/manz.
This event is made possible through cooperation with the Manzanar History Association (MHA). Elinson and Yogi’s book, Wherever There’s a Fight, as well as numerous other titles relevant to Manzanar’s history, are available for purchase from the MHA online store: manzanarstore.com .