Minoru Yasui Day - Behind these Bars: An Activist Is Born

Minoru Yasui Day - Behind these Bars: An Activist Is Born

April 1, 2023

Save the Date: Minoru Yasui Day

Saturday, April 1, 2023
from 1:00-3:00pm

In Person-Streamed Live on YouTube - Behind these Bars: An Activist Is Born

“If we believe in America, if we believe in equal democracy, if we believe in law and justice—then, each of us, when we see or believe such errors are being made, has an obligation to make every effort to correct them.”

- Minoru Yasui

This year’s program will feature:

  • The Man: Reflections from Dr. Homer Yasui, Honorary Chair of the Min Yasui Legacy Project and historian
  • His Work: Reflections from Dr. Robin Yasui, Minoru Yasui’s niece, on Min’s life work as a Colorado attorney addressing injustice across all populations. In addition to the Asian population for which he is most well-known, he advocated for the rights of women and LGBTQ community, Native and African Americans, Jews, and Latinos.
  • His Legacy Today Panel: The importance and relevance of Min’s work across generations, from high school to social
    justice lawyers.
  • Behind These Bars: Dedication of the jail cell where Min spent nine months in solitary confinement fighting for justice for all Americans. While these bars could not confine Min’s spirit, the arduous journey of the cell from the Multnomah County Courthouse to its permanent resting place at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon in Portland symbolizes Min’s life work and how this spirit of an extraordinary activist was strengthened rather than diminished by confinement. Min’s determination and faith in our Constitution will be illustrated by the reading of a few poems written behind these bars.

Please mark your calendars, and watch your email for additional details.

This event is free, but registration is required.

Hosted by: Minoru Yasui Legacy Project, www.minoruyasuilegacy.org in collaboration with the Japanese American Museum of Oregon (JAMO).


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