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November 2017


GFBNEC launches speaker program for schools
'Restoring America's Promise: The Impact of Nisei Veterans in the Redress Movement' presentation to be shared in the classroom

speaker programBeginning in November, Dr. Mitchell T. Maki, president and CEO of Go For Broke National Education Center, will be available to present the program "Restoring America's Promise: The Impact of Nisei Veterans in the Redress Movement" to students at Los Angeles-area schools. Maki is lead author of "Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress."

Maki's presentation will bring the story of the World War II Japanese American experience to students who are not able to visit GFBNEC's Defining Courage Exhibition, ensuring that more of today's students have the opportunity to learn about the Nisei veterans' legacy.

The customizable, interactive presentation explores the mainland Japanese American community's transformation from disempowered and oppressed to a community that demanded an apology and reparations for what had been done to them during World War II.

The program begins with a look at the forced exclusion from the West Coast and the incarceration of Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II. It continues through the decades following World War II to the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the culmination of a community's unwillingness to accept inequality and racial oppression.

Amongst the most persuasive voices in the movement were the WWII Nisei veterans. Their valor, courage and patriotism served as an undeniable argument that Americans cannot be judged by the color of their skin or the nation of their origin.

Contact Tessa Cencula at 310-222-5711 or for more information or to schedule a presentation.

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