41st Annual Pilgrimage to Manzanar

April 20, 2010

in Fun

The 41st Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage takes place this weekend, and the theme for this year’s event is “Civil Rights: Unfinished Business.” Sponsored by the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Manzanar Committee, the pilgrimage commemorates the unjust imprisonment of 110,000 Americans of Japanese decent during World War II. Hundreds of people will drive over or hop on the bus from Little Tokyo to the site of what was once the Manzanar War Relocation Center.

Will you be one of them?

Manzanar Pilgrimage in 2009

Manzanar Pilgrimage in 2009 by Gann Matsuda

The first pilgrimage started with a smaller group in 1969, or so they thought. For two ministers, Rev. Sentoku Mayeda and Rev. Shoichi Wakahiro, that year marked their 25th pilgrimage!

Please join in on the following programs … all free and open to the public!


April 23, 2010, 4pm – 6pm
Eastern California Museum
155 North Grant Street, Independence, CA

This museum has a Manzanar permanent exhibit, including a replica of a typical apartment in the internment camp barracks and a collection of artifacts from former internees Shiro Nomura and Mary Kageyama Nomura.

Pilgrimage Ceremony

April 24, 2010, 12pm – 2pm
Manzanar National Historic Site (cemetery)
5001 Highway 395, Independence, CA‎
(map it or RSVP for the Little Tokyo bus!)

  • Presentation of Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy “Baka Guts” Award to Keith Bright and Bill Michael for their efforts to help preserve Manzanar
  • Speaker Takashi “Tak” Hoshizaki (Heart Mountain Wyoming Foun­dation, former Heart Mountain Relocation Center internee, draft resister)
  • Performance by UCLA Kyodo Taiko
  • Memorial service with Buddhist, Christian, Konko, and Muslim ministers
  • Ondo dancing
  • More!

After the ceremony, there will be guided walks of the site from 2:30pm to 3:30pm.

Additional programs at the site’s Interpretive Center, open from 9am to 5:30pm:

  • Art show and sale – “Selected Artists from the Henry Fukuhara Annual Alabama Hills and Manzanar Workshop”
  • Screening of the short documentary “Remembering Manzanar” every half hour
  • Authors Kimberly and Kaleigh Komatsu sign their children’s book “In America’s Shadow” from 9:30am to 11:30am and from 2pm to 4:30pm

Manzanar At Dusk (MAD)

April 24, 2010, 5pm – 7:45pm
Lone Pine High School (gymnasium)
538 South Main Street, Lone Pine, CA
(map it or RSVP for the Little Tokyo bus!)

Meet former internees as they share their stories, and take part in group discussions on the relevance of the internment camp experience to current events and issues.

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

Benny Luo June 22, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Just added your blog to this Symbaloo webmix, check it out at: http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/asian-american-bloggers


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: