Like more than 100,000 other Americans of Japanese ancestry, Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu was ordered to be sent to an American prison camp after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. But Fred resisted and then challenged the forced internment in court. Although he lost, his case and his life are a great example of commitment to civil rights and the consequences faced by individuals who insist on standing up for justice. "Of Civil Wrongs and Rights" tells the story of Red Korematsu's case and his 40-year fight for legal vindication.
AFSC also played a signficant role in opposing the imprisonment of Japanese Americans and providing them with moral and material assistance. You can read more about AFSC's role on our web site, and also read about the life and work of Gordon Hirabayashi, another Japanese American whose name is on a court case challenging the treatment of Japanese Americans during WW2. And you can get more information from the Korematsu Institute.
The Culture of Peace and Nonviolence Film Series is sponsored by the AFSC with Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, Temple Beth Jacob, NH Peace Action, UCC Peace with Justice Advocates, and the Concord Unitarian Universalist Church. Admission is free. Discussion will follow the film.
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