The Robert H. Jackson Center is pleased to present “The Fight for Justice,” a two-day event commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Korematsu v. U.S. Fred Korematsu was one of four men who defied Executive Order 9066, which established the American internment camps, and ordered that Japanese Americans be forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated during World War II. His 1944 landmark case before the United States Supreme Court challenged the constitutionality of the mass incarceration, but the Court upheld his conviction for violating the exclusion order in a 6-3 ruling. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson disagreed strongly with the Court, and although in the minority at the time, his dissenting opinion continues to be read today in law schools as a major definition of the rights of the individual versus the power of the government.
On Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts will present “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story” followed by “Snow Falling on Cedars.” Admission for this event is $5.00/person. Ticket sales are through the Reg Lenna ticket office.
On Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at the Robert H. Jackson Center, join us for a lecture by John Q. Barrett, Professor of Law at St. John’s University, Jackson Center Board member and Elizabeth Lenna Fellow at the Robert H. Jackson Center. Following the lecture will be a performance of “The Fight for Justice,” a play written by the Honorable Denny Chin based on the Korematsu case. After the play, RHJC’s board member and co-founder Greg Peterson will interview Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred T. Korematsu and founder and Executive Director of The Fred T. Korematsu Institute. This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.