UCLA Kyodo Taiko, above at the 2012 Pilgrimage, will once again open the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage day program at noon on April 27. Kyodo was founded in 1990 as the first North American collegiate taiko group and its many of its members have gone on to join professional groups. Photo courtesy Gann Matsuda/Manzanar Committee; all rights reserved
Historical realities merge with contemporary concerns at an annual event that will combine a wide variety of exhibits, art, dance, discussion and more at Manzanar this weekend.
Manzanar National Historic Site invites everyone to participate in a weekend of special activities in honor of the Manzanar Committeeâ€™s 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. All of the many events are free.
The Pilgrimage commemorates the incarceration of 110,000 U.S. Americans by the U.S. government during World War II. From Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28 programs will strive to prevent future discrimination and persecution of all Americans through historical education and making human connections, student organizers said.
Each year, more than 1,000 people of all ages, walks of life and diversity of backgrounds, join former Manzanar incarcerees at Manzanar, located on U.S. 395 between Lone Pine and Independence. Manzanar was the first of 10 U.S. concentration camps that unjustly imprisoned Americans of Japanese ancestry in desolate, isolated areas, a Manzanar Committee spokesperson said.
Read more in the Thursday, April 25, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.