Min Yasui Day March for Justice

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Mar 201628
4:30p.m.

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
121 NW 2nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon, 97209
United States


Inaugural Min Yasui Day March for Justice
Monday, March 28, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
Starts at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center
Program and reception at Stoll Berne, SW 2nd Avenue and Oak Street, Portland

On the evening of March 28, 1942, a 25-year-old attorney, Minoru "Min" Yasui, deliberately violated the racially discriminatory military curfew to initiate a case to test the constitutionality of the curfew upon American citizens. He walked on NW 3rd Avenue in downtown Portland after curfew and when he wasn't arrested, proceeded to police headquarters where he argued for his arrest.

Min spent nine months in solitary confinement in the Multnomah County jail as he appealed his case to the U.S. Supreme Court. He was released in 1943 only to be sent the Minidoka American concentration camp. Thereafter, he spent the rest of his life fighting for civil rights and social justice for all, never losing faith in the constitution or his country. His lifelong fight for justice and equality led to his recognition as the first Oregonian to be awarded (posthumously) the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barrack Obama.

Please join us on Monday, March 28, as we retrace Min's historic walk by his law office in the Foster Hotel in Old Town, to the former site of Police Headquarters on SW 2nd Avenue and Oak Street. Gather at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center at 4:30pm for the short six block walk, followed by a program in the foyer and reception in the law offices of Stoll Berne.

This program is presented by the Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee and Oregon Nikkei Endowment, with support from Barry and Jordan Menashe and Stoll Berne. For more information about Minoru Yasui please visit www.minoruyasuitribute.org.

 

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