Manzanar Committee

The Los Angeles-based Manzanar Committee, sponsor of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1969 and the more recent Manzanar At Dusk program, 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.

Updated September 2016

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Sue Kunitomi Embrey (January 6, 1923 – May 15, 2006)

Educator, activist, author, and Manzanar Committee Chair Sue Kunitomi Embrey dedicated her life to shedding light on the unjust incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry during World War II, two-thirds of whom were American citizens. She led the fight to preserve Manzanar and many of the ten American concentration camps so that their stories would never be forgotten and to serve as lessons in democracy to be remembered in perpetuity.

Sue was 19 years old when Executive Order 9066 was issued, ordering all people of Japanese ancestry to vacate the western states. She had plans to attend college ...

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