Manzanar Committee Announces 6th Annual Sue Kunitomi Embrey Student Awards Program

LOS ANGELES — On February 15, the Manzanar Committee announced their Sixth Annual Sue Kunitomi Embrey Student Awards Program, a creative works program in which K-12 students may submit essays, short stories, poetry, works of art, including drawings, collages, posters, and works involving technology, including animation, podcasts, movies, or videos.

The program, which was previously known as the Manzanar Committee Student Awards Program, was renamed for Sue Kunitomi Embrey, a founding member of the Manzanar Committee who was an educator, community activist, labor union organizer, and writer. She also fought tirelessly to establish Manzanar as a National Historic Site, and was instrumental in organizing the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage (now in its 52nd year) to ensure that this dark chapter of American History is never forgotten.

“Sue’s life demonstrated how a principled person of vision can impact the world,” said Manzanar Committee Co-Chair Jenny Chomori. “She is a fitting inspiration for the young students who will participate in the program.”

The program recognizes students who demonstrate an understanding of the guiding principles of social justice in today’s society. The program honors the accomplishments and insights the student has applied to his/her life. Winning entrants will receive up to $100.00, and their work may be published in the Pilgrimage program and on the Manzanar Committee’s official web site. The Manzanar Committee will determine the final award amounts.

Categories for submissions include essay, short prose genres, poetry, art, and technology.

The Manzanar Committee stressed that all students are encouraged to participate, despite perceived obstacles.

“We are available to assist all students who are interested in participating in the written, visual arts, or media/electronics categories,” said Manzanar Committee member Janet Fujii. “We are also available to meet with any teacher or community member who wants to support a participating K-12 student. There are many resources available, and we encourage all K-12 students to participate.”

The deadline for entries is May 10, 2021. Application forms and further information can be downloaded at:

For more information, send e-mail to

LEAD PHOTO: Some of the winners of the Fifth Annual Manzanar Committee Student Awards Program. Photo by Jason Fujii/Manzanar Committee.

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, call us at (323) 662-5102, and e-mail us at 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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