MAPAAC & UoM (APALSA) are co-sponsoring a Fred Korematsu Day Recognition and Panel Discussion
The Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC) and the University of Michigan Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) are co-sponsoring a Fred Korematsu Day Recognition and Panel Discussion on Friday, January 29, 2021, 4 pm - 5 pm on Zoom.
The panelists include: Professor Margo Schlanger, Professor Michael Steinberg, Rana Elmir, and Mary Kamidoi.
Professor Margo Schlanger will discuss the Korematsu case, and the constitutional issues that are relevant today. Professor Schlanger is the Wade H. and Dores M. McCree Collegiate Professor of Law at Michigan Law. Her teaching and writing address civil rights, the constitutional law of equality and incarceration. She is class counsel in Hamama v Adducci, a nationwide class action resisting the mass detention and deportation of Iraqi nationals.
Professor Michael Steinberg will discuss the current state of affairs and political implications including how history could repeat itself. Professor Steinberg is a professor at Michigan Law. Prior to joining Michigan Law he was the Litigation Director at ACLU Michigan.
Rana Elmir will address the lived experience of people affected by the Muslim Ban. Ms. Elmir is the Deputy Director of ACLU Michigan.
Mary Kamidoi is a former incarceree who was sent to Rohwer in Arkansas during World War II. She is active with Japanese American Citizens League - Detroit Chapter, and American Citizens for Justice. She will talk about her lived experience during the WWII incarceration.
Ayesha Ghazi Edwin, Chair of MAPAAC, will present the Governor's Proclamation proclaiming January 30, 2021 as Fred T. Korematsu Day.
To register for this presentation, please sign up on Google form so the Zoom meeting ID and passcode can be sent just before the event. Your community, young adults, high school students and all network are invited to join.
Fred T. Korematsu was an American civil rights activist who objected to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. After his conviction for defying the order to report to an assembly center, he appealed his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled against him in 1944. Years later, Korematsu’s conviction was vacated by the U.S. District Court of Northern California, and in 1998, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his courage and activism from President Clinton. In 2010, the state of California established Fred Korematsu Day - the first day in the U.S. named after an Asian American.