Fred Korematsu Speaks Up Book Launch Los Angeles

Saturday Feb 11 2017   2:00 PM
Asian Americans Advancing Justice   1145 Wilshire Boulevard , Los Angeles, CA  map

Fred Korematsu challenged the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans when few others did. Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, a new children’s book part of a series called Fighting for Justice, explores Fred Korematsu’s life and his relevance as a civil rights hero today. Join authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi to learn about Fred’s lifelong fight for justice at our Los Angeles launch event. Speakers will include Karen Korematsu, of the Korematsu Foundation and Fred Korematsu’s Daughter, Deanna Kitamuraof Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and Laboni Hoq of Asian Americans Advancing Justice. This event is an all ages event for children, families, teachers, librarians, and anyone who wants to join.

Books will be available for purchasing and signing by the authors. Light refreshments will be provided.

Rooftop parking available. Entrance on Lucas Street.

Co-sponsored by: Heyday, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, Japanese American Bar Association, NCRR (Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress)

Free and open to the public, please click HERE to RSVP.

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