Fighting for Justice: Fred Korematsu Speaks Up

Wednesday Sep 27 2017   7:00 PM
Japanese American Museum of San Jose  535 N 5th St, San Jose, CA  map

In 1942, Fred Korematsu defied U.S. government orders that forced all Japanese Americans from the West Coast and lead to their mass incarceration during World War II. His subsequent challenge to the Constitutionality of his forced removal became the basis of the landmark Korematsu v. United States Supreme Court case. Today, with the lessons of Fred Korematsu’s life more relevant than ever, Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi will speak about their new book for youth, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, which tells the story of Fred Korematsu and his stand against the violation of his Constitutional rights.

Laura Atkins is a children’s book author, editor, and instructor. Stan Yogi is coauthor of Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, and he worked as a staff member of the Northern California ACLU for many years. Both authors are on a book tour sponsored by the ACLU of Northern California, and the appearance at JAMsj is cosponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the ACLU.

This event is free, but seating is limited. Contact or call (408) 294-3138 to reserve a seat. More information here.

Laura Atkins

Laura Atkins is an author, teacher, and independent children’s book editor with over twenty years of editorial experience. She worked at Children’s Book Press, Orchard Books, and Lee and Low Books, helping to produce winners of the Coretta Scott King Award and American Library Association Notable Book selections, among others. She taught creative writing at the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL) in London, where she also received her M.A. in children’s literature, and she completed her M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2016. In addition to cowriting Fred Korematsu Speaks UpLaura is the author of the lighthearted picture book Sled Dog Dachshund (Minted Prose Press). Passionate about diversity and equity in children’s books, Laura is based in Berkeley, California, where she lives with her daughter. Find out more at

Stan Yogi

Stan Yogi is the coauthor, with Elaine Elinson, of Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, and, with Laura Atkins, of the children's book Fred Korematsu Speaks Up. He managed development programs for the ACLU of Northern California for fourteen years and is the coeditor of two books, Highway 99: A Literary Journey through California's Great Central Valley and Asian American Literature: An Annotated Bibliography. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, MELUS, Los Angeles Daily Journal, and several anthologies. He is married to nonprofit administrator David Carroll and lives in Los Angeles.

Photo by Michael Woolsey