5th Annual Fred Korematsu Day celebration, featuring keynote speaker George Takei

Angry Asian Man: 
Stand up for what is right! If you’re in the Bay Area, you’re invited to take part in the 5th Annual Korematsu Day Celebration, a commemoration of the life and legacy of Japanese American civil rights hero Fred T. Korematsu. It’s happening Friday, January 30 at City Arts and Lectures-Nourse Theatre in San Francisco.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Mr. Korematsu’s passing in 2005, and the celebration will feature a keynote address from noted actor/activist George Takei, plus other special guests.

Here are some more details about the event:

Fred Korematsu Day Celebration

with keynote by George Takei

Friday, January 30, 2015
7:30 p.m.

City Arts & Lectures, Nourse Auditorium
275 Hayes Street, San Francisco

$10 – Students & Seniors (ID required)
$25 – General Admission
$100 – VIP Preferred Seat, includes pre-event VIP reception at 6:30 in Nourse Courtyard
Tickets available at City Box Office (415) 392-4400) or
Online at http://cityboxoffice.com

For sponsorship and advertising in program contact info@korematsuinstitute.org.

Keynote Speaker: George Takei
Mr. Sulu on Star Trek TV series, actor, author, social justice activist, social media mega-power, subject of documentary “To Be Takei,” star of Broadway-bound musical “Allegiance.”


Parking available at the Civic Center Plaza Garage (355 McAllister St between Polk St and Larkin St), Performing Arts Garage (360 Grove St at Gough St), and at 110 Franklin Street (at Oak Street).

Remember Fred Korematsu’s fight for civil liberties. You can purchase tickets online here. For further information about the event, visit the Korematsu Institute website and refer to the Facebook event.

Bay Area middle school to be renamed for Japanese American civil rights hero Fred Korematsu

Portola Middle School in El Cerrito has been renamed after Fred T. Korematsu, the Japanese American civil rights icon.Fred T. Korematsu (left), the Japanese American civil rights icon.


Portola Middle School in El Cerrito has been renamed after Fred T. Korematsu, the Japanese American who famously defied an order to be placed in internment camps during World War II.

At its Wednesday meeting, the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to rename the school. Board President Charles Ramsey, who suggested the name change, said honoring Korematsu is “a reminder that injustice should never be accepted.”

I am proud that a school in El Cerrito can be a part of the civil rights legacy Mr. Korematsu championed through his willingness to challenge injustice,” Ramsey said in a statement. “This is not simply about a name; this is about honoring people who have risked their lives battling injustice and ensuring that our children come to know about their sacrifices.”

There was some opposition to the name change, as Portola honored Gaspar de Portola, the first Spanish explorer to the Bay Area. A committee was formed to evaluate name changes and hosted four public hearings. The district said it received hundreds of written and verbal comments from community members before recommending the name change to the Board of Education.

When Japanese-American citizens were forced into internment camps without cause during World War II, Korematsu was arrested and convicted for defying the internment order. In 1983, however, his case was overturned in U.S. District Court and President Bill Clinton later awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He remained a civil rights activist thereafter.

The school bearing his name is currently housed in portable buildings as its new campus is being built on Donal Avenue, four blocks away from its original location on Navellier Street between Moeser Lane and Portola Drive. The school is scheduled to open in its new location in January 2016, according to the district.