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Commemorative Day

Day of Remembrance: Stop Repeating History

Sunday, February 18 — Sunday, February 18

Sold Out! Each year, Chicago’s Japanese American community comes together to remember President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of some 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

This year’s program features:

  • Keynote speaker Dale Minami, a civil rights attorney who is best known for heading the legal team that represented Fred Korematsu, who defied the government’s orders to report to an incarceration camp. The overturning of Korematsu’s conviction led to one of the most controversial US Supreme Court decisions of the twentieth century.
  • A panel discussion moderated by CHM president Gary T. Johnson with Dale Minami and Chicago civil rights attorney Azam Nizamuddin.
  • A Taiko drum performance of the piece “Poston” by Ho Etsu Taiko.

This program serves as a reminder of the fragility of civil liberties in times of crisis and the importance of remaining vigilant in protecting the rights and freedoms of all.

Day of Remembrance is sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Council, the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, the Japanese American Citizen League–Chicago Chapter, the Japanese American Service Committee, and the Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago.

Free; Please RSVP to the event online or by phone during Museum hours 312-642-4600.

The Details



18 th

2:00 p.m.

Event Location

Chicago History Museum 

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