Japanese American Fred Korematsu is an American civil liberties icon who courageously defied the U.S. Government’s order to report to an assembly center after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Korematsu was convicted for his refusal, but he appealed his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled against him in a 6 to 3 decision in 1944. Korematsu’s conviction was formally vacated in 1983 based upon information that the War Department misled the Supreme Court with false allegations of espionage and sabotage. Korematsu’s story is one of triumph and correction over the civil wrongs against the Japanese American community. Korematsu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton in 1998.
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Save the Date! Korematsu Day in Michigan January 30, 2014
The Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) and Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPACC) to recognize Fred Korematsu Day on Thursday, January 30, 2014, 12:30 p.m., Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.