48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2017 Manzanar At Dusk – In Photos

Members of the Manzanar Committee are only now returning to a level of consciousness that closely resembles our respective normal conditions after an exhausting, yet exhilarating and inspiring weekend in which over 2,000 people attended the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on Saturday, April 29, and about 550 attended the 2017 Manzanar At Dusk program that same evening (shattering the previous Manzanar At Dusk record of 360 participants).

The entire day was a huge success, and not only for the Manzanar Committee, but for all of our communities. We came together as one to speak out against the injustices, the racism, and the attacks on people of color and immigrants. We came together to speak out for the Constitutional rights of all people, seeking to remind the world of what can happen when “…race prejudice, wartime hysteria and a failure of political leadership,” not to mention economic greed, are allowed to overwhelm our senses and judgment.

Indeed, what happened to 11,070 people at the Manzanar concentration camp, and to more than 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II, must never happen again, to anyone.

We must never forget that our Constitutional rights mean nothing unless we are vigilant in our efforts to protect them and ensure that they apply equally, to everyone.

Photographs from our professional photographers, Geri Ferguson and Mark Kirchner, are forthcoming. For now, here are some amateur photos that we hope you’ll enjoy.

LEAD PHOTO: Looking west, towards the Eastern Sierras, during the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. Photo: Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee

48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage

76 photos by Gann Matsuda; ©2017 Manzanar Committee. All rights reserved. Click on any photo to view a larger image, and to scroll/click through the gallery.

2017 Manzanar At Dusk

77 photos by Gann Matsuda; ©2017 Manzanar Committee. All rights reserved. Click on any photo to view a larger image, and to scroll/click through the gallery.

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  1. I was at the Pilgrimage and was so moved by the whole event. The Poem/ dramatic presentation from the four ladies was remarkable is so many ways. I would very much like to get a copy of that presentation if possible. I had hoped the video on line would give me that, but the wind was too disruptive. I also have photo’s that I would be happy to share with you if you would like them. Hope to hear from you about a way I can get the poem to share with others.

    Terry Connelly

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