52nd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage/2021 Manzanar At Dusk To Be Held Online, April 24, 2021

LOS ANGELES — Upholding Democracy and Constitutional Rights for All: No More Concentration Camps, is the theme for the 52nd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, which will be held online on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 12:00 PM.

The 2021 Manzanar At Dusk program will also be held online in the hours following the 52nd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage.

Manzanar was the first of the American concentration camps in which more than 120,000 Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents were unjustly incarcerated during World War II.

Under normal circumstances, more than 1,000 people from all walks of life attend the Manzanar Pilgrimage each year, including students, teachers, community members, clergy and former incarcerees. Planning is already underway for this year’s online program.

Like last year, the COVID-19 pandemic will prevent the Committee from sponsoring the traditional live program at the Manzanar National Historic Site. As such, this year’s program will be a “Virtual Manzanar Pilgrimage,” to be released on the Committee’s web site, YouTube channel, and on the Committee’s Facebook page.

Likewise, Manzanar At Dusk, which was cancelled last year, will also be held online. The program is co-sponsored by the Nikkei Student Unions at California State University, Fullerton, California State University, Long Beach, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, Riverside, and the University of California, San Diego.

Further details about the 52nd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and the 2021 Manzanar At Dusk program will be announced at a later date.

For more information, call (323) 662-5102, or send e-mail to 52ndpilgrimage@manzanarcommittee.org.


The Manzanar Committee is dedicated to educating and raising public awareness about the incarceration and violation of civil rights of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II and to the continuing struggle of all peoples when Constitutional rights are in danger. A non-profit organization that has sponsored the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1969, along with other educational programs, the Manzanar Committee has also played a key role in the establishment and continued development of the Manzanar National Historic Site. For more information, check out our web site at https://manzanarcommittee.org, call us at (323) 662-5102, and e-mail us at info@manzanarcommittee.org. You can also follow the Manzanar Committee on Facebook, on Twitter at @manzanarcomm, on Instagram at @manzanarcommittee, on Pinterest and on YouTube.

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LEAD PHOTO: Crowd shot looking west towards the Manzanar cemetery and the Eastern Sierras during the 48th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, April 29, 2017, at the Manzanar National Historic Site. Photo by Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee.


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  1. Much as I will miss the camaraderie and seeing friends and giving my respect in person, I commend you for your responsible planning. It will not be safe to have large gatherings yet by April. We are losing too many to this pandemic :( Thank you for your tireless work for all these years.

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