WHAT: Chicago Day of Remembrance
Join CAIR-Chicago as Keith Uchima produces and directs a staged reading of excerpts from their historic trial of Japanese Americans vs. The United States.
WHEN: Sunday, February 16, 2014, 2:00 PM
WHERE: Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street
COST: This event is free and open to the public
This stage production will tell the stories of Heart Mountain draft resisters through narration, reenactment of court proceedings, and historical photographs of the incarceration of Japanese Americans in the 1940’s.
1942, some 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of them U.S. citizens, were removed from their homes on the West Coast and sent to concentration camps during WWII.
In 1944, the U.S. Government charged 63 Nisei (first-generation Japanese Americans) imprisoned at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming with draft evasion when they refused to report. These men were willing to fight for their country, but only after their rights as citizens were restored.
The annual Chicago Day of Remembrance is sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Council, the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society, the Japanese American Citizens League – Chicago Chapter, the Japanese American Service Committee, and the Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago. For further information, please visit www.cjahs.org, or call 773.275.0097, ext. 222.