The Antioch University Seattle School of Education is proud to sponsor an author talk by Stan Yogi and Linda Atkins on their book Fred Korematsu Speaks Up on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Dearborn Park International School. All friends of Antioch are welcome to attend this free event in the library.
Fred Korematsu was a leader in speaking up for justice. According to the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, “In 1942, at the age of 23, [Korematsu] refused to go to the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court.” Although the Supreme Court ruled against him in 1944, documents that were hidden from the court were brought to bear on the case, which was overturned in 1983. Korematsu remained a lifelong activist.
The book by Stan Yogi and Laura Atkins is the first in the Fighting for Justice series by publisher Heyday Books. The Kirkus Review gave the book a starred rating, saying, “Written in free verse, Fred’s story engages in powerful bursts and shows how speaking out brings complex consequences. … Co-authors Atkins and Yogi raise good questions (such as, “Have you ever been blamed for something just because of how you look?”) that will inspire a new generation of activists.”
A story of racial profiling, Fred Korematsu’s life and activism is an important model for teachers and others committed to advancing racial equity, social justice, and human rights. The School of Education is pleased to help share Korematsu’s story of resistance and courage. Special thanks to Dearborn Park librarian Craig Seasholes for partnering with the SoE to make this event possible.