New Yorkers commemorate the 75th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII, with two days of events. Open to and encouraged for all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and religious beliefs, these events are coordinated by the New York City Day of Remembrance Committee, a group committed to promoting educational and healing efforts related to the U.S. incarceration of Japanese Americans and others and protecting civil liberties.
Day of Remembrance Program
Saturday, February 18 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Japanese American United Church – 255 7th Avenue (between 24th and 25th Streets)
The annual program commemorating the events surrounding February 19, 1942 will include guest speakers – former internees, community leaders, and artists – a candlelight ceremony, and a community potluck to continue the conversation.
Imam Khalid Latif, the Muslim chaplain of the New York City Police Department, will be a featured guest at the Saturday program, and Stan Mack from the Asian American Legal Defense Fund (AALDF) will address constitutional and legal issues.
Day of Remembrance Gathering
Sunday, February 19 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
La Mama (The Downstairs) – 66 East 4th Street (between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
The commemoration of Executive Order 9066 continues with photography, art, text and music.
The mission of the Day of Remembrance is to keep the memories of the incarceration alive and to prevent such actions from occurring again. The NYC DOR strongly denounces inflammatory and racist rhetoric regarding civilian registries and concentration camps. With a history of having resisted and survived organized institutional attacks on the Japanese community, the NYC DOR is committed to building alliances to stand with Muslims and immigrants in solidarity of a society based on the protection of civil liberties.
For more information and to RSVP to attend, please visit the Day of Remembrance’s Facebook event page.