The Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Film Series on “The Role of Law in American Society” continues at the Center on Thursday, May 5th with showings of Of Civil Rights and Wrongs: The Fred Korematsu Story at 6pm and 7:45
pm. Admission is free. Seating is limited.
In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month the Center will be screening the untold history of the 40-year legal fight to vindicate Korematsu — one that finally turned a civil injustice into a civil rights victory.
Fred Korematsu was the son of Japanese immigrants who lived a typical American life until December 7th 1941. On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which ordered the internment of all Japanese Americans. With his family interned, Korematsu refused to relinquish his freedom and tried to remain unnoticed, to no avail. He was arrested and sent to an internment camp. Persuaded by Ernest Besig, then Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California, Korematsu filed a case on June 12, 1942. Korematsu resisted, and then challenged in court the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
The Riverside Community College District would like to thank the law firm of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore for their generous sponsorship of this series.
This post was written by RCC student Center assistant Cynthia Mosley.