February 19, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, a document that authorized the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. In 1988, the U.S. Congress formally recognized that the rights of the Japanese American community had been violated and President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, providing an apology and restitution to the living Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II. February 19 is now recognized at the Day of Remembrance.
Join us at the museum for the Day of Remembrance 2017 as we mark this moment in history with free programs and a new exhibition. Programs will feature:
• Video clips produced by high school students for the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation’s Digital Storytelling Project
• A conversation with incarceration camp survivors Nisei Shigeru “Shig” Yabu, Sam Mihara, Takashi “Tak” Hoshizaki, and Mary Murakami, moderated by award-winning filmmaker and author Dr. Karen Ishizuka
• Objects out of storage and hands-on activities
• Book signings by authors Karen Ishizuka and Shig Yabu.
Books will be available for purchase on site. For more information on the day’s activities, the exhibition, and more, visit: http://s.si.edu/DOR.