Cal Poly Humboldt Celebrates Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties & the Constitution

a crowd gathers around a small stage to watch dance performances
The celebration will include Bon dancing and Taiko Drumming, seen here at the Obon Festival in Arcata. Mark Larson, Professor Emeritus
The annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties & the Constitution will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, in the Great Hall at Cal Poly Humboldt.

Each year, Fred Korematsu Day honors the legacy of civil rights advocate Fred Komematsu and his fight for racial equity, social justice, and human rights for all, according to the Fred Korematsu Institute.

This year’s event theme is Resilience & Recovery, and centers the great work of Humboldt Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity (HAPI). HAPI has organized Humboldt Obon Festivals for the last two years, bringing local and Bay Area communities together. Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom that honors the spirits of one's ancestors.

This year's event will include performances by Humboldt Taiko, Bon Odori (free dance lessons included), and a panel discussion with local Japanese American community members, facilitated by Sociology Professor Michihiro Clark Sugata. This event is in collaboration with the Department of Sociology, Cal Poly Humboldt Library, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, the Asian, Desi, & Pacific Islander Collective (ADPIC) and HAPI.

For any inquiries, please contact Kumi Watanabe-Schock (707) 826-5656