Make Jan. 30 "Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution" in Mass.

Make Jan. 30 "Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution" in Mass.

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In 2010, California recognized January 30 as "Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution," becoming the 1st state-wide day in U.S. history named after an Asian American. Shortly after, Hawaii, Virginia, Florida, Utah, Illinois, Georgia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona, too, commemorated FKD. 

  • Fred Korematsu was a national civil rights hero who, in 1942, refused to go to the U.S. government’s concentration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled against him, arguing that the incarceration was justified due to military necessity.

As a history class, we've studied Korematsu's legacy, and believe that one of the most fitting ways to commemorate his legacy, for all Americans, on upholding civil liberties and the Constitution is to encourage MA lawmakers to recognize January 30 as "Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution" (in perpetuity).

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