2019 Min Yasui Day Celebration

March 28, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
March 29, 2019 @ 3:45 pm

The Oregon Legislature designated March 28 of each year as Minoru Yasui Day. Join ACLU of Oregon members and other community partners to honor and celebrate civil rights champion Minoru Yasui. "Min" was most well-known for his courageous stand against military orders that resulted in the forced removal and imprisonment of over 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II, but his entire life was committed to the defense of human and civil rights, and justice for all.

Presented by Oregon Nikkei Endowment and the Minoru Yasui Legacy Project, sponsored by the University of Oregon School of Law, and co-sponsored by ACLU of Oregon, OAPABA (Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association).

Learn more more about Min Yasui's life and legacy here

  • 3:45 pm – Gather at Japanese American Historical Plaza at 2 NW Naito Pkwy, Portland, Oregon 97209
  • 4:00 pm – Special presentation by Heath Hyun and Kurt Ikeda and then march to the University of Oregon School of Law
  • 4:15 pm – Arrive at the University of Oregon School of Law at the White Stag Building, Event Room 142 and 144 and present winners of the Minoru Yasui Essay Contest
  • 4:30 pm – Panel Discussion featuring: Peggy Nagae, lead attorney in Yasui v. United States, which re-opened Mr. Yasui’s Supreme Court case for violating the curfew imposed upon Japanese Americans during World War II; Rod Kawakami, co-lead counsel for the coram nobis team in the Gordon Hirabayashi case; Karen Kai, representative from Fred Korematsu's coram nobis appeal.
  • 6:00 pm – Reception, Light Court Commons