Day of Remembrance Program
Location:Manzanar Visitor Center
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Manzanar National Historic Site is honored to host author/entertainer Kinji Inomata for its 2020 Day of Remembrance program at 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 22, 2020. Organizations and communities across the country host Day of Remembrance events to mark the anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signing Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. While never specifically mentioning Japanese Americans, the executive order allowed the US Army to forcibly round-up and incarcerate more than 110,000 Japanese Americans—two-thirds of whom were US citizens—in Manzanar and nine similar camps around the United States.
Kinji Inomata’s family experience was the exception. Kinji’s talk Taming Prejudice and Defeating Executive Order 9066 will highlight the story of his grandfather Kenji Inomata, the only known Issei (first generation immigrant from Japan) to remain officially free on the West Coast during World War II.
Kinji Inomata is also a Polynesian entertainer and will perform a few songs. The program is free and open to all. Manzanar’s non-profit partner, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, will host a book signing with Kinji Inomata after his talk. Proceeds will benefit programs and projects at Manzanar National Historic Site.