The late civil rights leader Minoru Yasui deliberately protested the military curfew laws on Japanese Americans during World War II and was subsequently arrested, leading him to challenge the constitutionality of the order. In 2015, Minoru Yasui was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.
Those were dark historic chapters when America rounded up thousands of its own citizens, stripped them of their freedoms and placed them into camps behind barbed wires. Come and hear Mr. Yasui's story and other untold stories of Japanese Americans and their plight during World War II, which is hauntingly relevant in the face of our government's current travel ban.
Peggy Nagae served as Minoru Yasui’s lead attorney in reopening his World War II case and securing a vacation of his original conviction in 1983-84. She is the inaugural recipient of the Minoru Yasui Justice Award by the University of Oregon School of Law
George Nakata was a personal friend of Mr. Yasui, as a second generation Japanese American, who together with his family lost everything during the hysteria of World War II and spent those years incarcerated in an American concentration camp.
Q&A will be moderated by Multnomah County Circuit Court Presiding Judge Nan Waller.
Made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities Fund of The Library Foundation and organizational support of Multnomah County Circuit Court. CLE credit pending for Oregon State Bar members.