Banned Books Week: Fred Korematsu Speaks Up
For Banned Books Week (Sep. 24-30, 2017), the ACLU of Northern California is organizing a series of free events reflecting on the life and work of Fred Korematsu and the importance of speaking out against forces that would seek to silence and censor you.
Fred Korematsu defied the government's WWII orders that Japanese Americans be forcibly relocated from their homes and incarcerated in camps. The ACLU-NC represented Korematsu in his battle for justice all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Today, the lessons of Fred Korematsu's life are all the more important. Over the next week, Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi will hold a series of events for their new children's book, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, which tells the story of Fred Korematsu and the imprisonment of Japanese Americans, and links his fight against injustice to other groups who also spoke out against those who threatened their rights.
With politicians citing the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans as a precedent for a Muslim registry, Fred Korematsu's story of defiance is particularly relevant for all people in America, especially youth, to understand.
Attend an event near you
- 1. Marin — Tuesday, Sep. 26 at 7:15 p.m.
The Redwoods, in the 13-15 Lounge
40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA
To RSVP or for more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Presented by the Marin County ACLU of Northern California Chapter
- 2. San Jose — Wednesday, Sep. 27 at 7 p.m.
Japanese American Museum of San Jose (website)
535 North Fifth St., San Jose, CA
There is no charge to attend this event, but you must RSVP due to limited seating. Please contact email@example.com or call (408) 294-3138 to reserve a seat.
Presented by the Santa Clara Valley ACLU of Northern California Chapter
- 3. Menlo Park — Thursday, Sep. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Kepler's Books (website)
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA
This event is free of charge, but please RSVP here and on Facebook.
Presented by the Mid-Peninsula ACLU of Northern California Chapter
- 4. Oakland — Friday, Sep. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Laurel Book Store
1423 Broadway, Oakland, CA
An ACLU Chapter board member will give a brief overview of current ACLU activities and field questions before introducing the authors. Light refreshments will be served and books will be for sale. All ages are welcomed.
To RSVP, click here.
For more information, email ACLU.AlamedaCounty@gmail.com.
Co-presented by the Alameda County Paul Robeson and Berkeley North East Bay ACLU of Northern California Chapters
- 5. Davis — Saturday, Sep. 30 at 10:30 a.m.
Mary L. Stephens Library
315 E 14th St, Davis, CA
All ages welcomed. Light refreshments will be provided and books will be sold at the event.
To RSVP or for more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Presented by the Yolo County ACLU of Northern California Chapter
- 6. Sacramento — Saturday, Sep. 30 at 2 p.m.
Sierra 2 Center, Room 10
2791 24th St, Sacramento, CA
This event is free of charge and RSVPs are encouraged. RSVP here »
Presented by the Sacramento County ACLU of Northern California Chapter
About the authors
Laura Atkins is a children's book author and editor who grew up in an activist family and participated in social justice work herself, with a focus on diversity and equity in childrens books. She taught creative writing at the National Centre for Research in Childrens Literature (NCRCL) in London, where she also received her M.A. in childrens literature. She received an M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Stan Yogi is the coauthor, with Elaine Elinson, of Wherever Theres a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California. He managed development programs for the ACLU of Northern California for fourteen years.