The 52nd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, unlike normal years where thousands of people would gather at the Manzanar National Historic Site on the last Saturday in April, has been made available via YouTube, like last year’s Pilgrimage, due to restrictions that are in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can watch the 2021 Pilgrimage here:
In addition, California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s remarks are available in a separate video:
After the 52nd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, our 2021 Manzanar At Dusk program followed at 5:00 PM later that same day, a live program via Zoom. The opening panel for the program featured long-time activist Kathy Masaoka of Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR; formerly known as the National Coalition for Redress and Reparations), Nikkei Progressives and Vigilant Love; traci kato-kiriyama, an artist, author and activist who founded the Tuesday Night Project and is a member of Nikkei Progressives and Vigilant Love; and Megan Matsumoto, President, California State University, Fullerton Nikkei Student Union. Panelists discussed portions of the history of the unjust Incarceration of Japanese/Japanese Americans during World War II, and the connections between that history and current issues (duration: 1:07:46).
As is our tradition, we always have a printed program for the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, chock full of articles, information about our speakers and performers, what’s going on at the Manzanar National Historic Site, and much more, and even though our Pilgrimage is virtual once again this year, you can view/download a printable program for the 52nd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage by clicking on the link below:
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