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Fred Korematsu Day special: How to stop another “civil rights disaster”

Fred Korematsu’s story of resistance against the mass incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II isn’t just a fascinating chapter of history – there’s still so much to learn from this shameful era. In the first segment of today’s episode, Berkeley-based author Laura Atkins discusses her book “Fred Korematsu Speaks Up.” Published by Heyday Books, this story is designed to introduce young readers to important concepts of resistance, civil liberties and racism. In the second segment, Fred Korematu’s lawyer, Dale Minami, shares how lessons learned from this “civil rights disaster” can help prevent another injustice of this magnitude – or worse.

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Dale Minami with Fred Korematsu


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