In Defense of Japanese American Rights, Part 1

Saturday Jun 09 2018   2:00 PM
Berkeley Public Library  2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA  map

During the 1940s, all too few white Californians opposed President Roosevelt’s executive order that removed and incarcerated all people of Japanese descent living on the west coast. Local historian Chuck Wollenberg will discuss some of those principled Californians in two programs at the Berkeley Public Library. In this—the first of two episodes—Wollenberg will speak on his new book, Rebel Lawyer: Wayne Collins and the Defense of Japanese American Rights, covering the career of the San Francisco civil rights attorney who argued the most important Japanese American legal cases. Collins was not a saintly hero, but a real person with great strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, he was an enabler of Nikkei activism, paving the way for the powerful Japanese American redress movement that won monetary reparations for victims of the executive order.

Free and open to the public; more info about this event here. Part 2 info here.

Charles WollenbergCharles Wollenberg, former Chair of Social Sciences and Professor of History at Berkeley City College, is coeditor, with Marcia A. Eymann, of What’s Going On? California and the Vietnam Era (University of California Press, 2004) and author of Marinship at War: Shipbuilding and Social Change in Wartime Sausalito (Western Heritage, 1990) and Berkeley: A City in History (University of California Press, 2008).