Miné Okubo was a Japanese American artist, writer, and social activist whose depiction of life in American internment camps during World War II gave a voice to more than 120,000 Japanese American internees. Her book, Citizen 13660, published in 1946, was the first account of the wartime Japanese American relocation and confinement experience, and is regarded as a landmark work that still resonates with Americans.
Yuri Kochiyama is a Japanese American human rights activist, but often remembered for her work in The Black Panther Party. Over the years, Kochiyama has dedicated herself to various causes, such as the rights of political prisoners, freeing Mumia Abu-Jamal, nuclear disarmament, and reparations to Japanese Americans who were interned during the war.
15 Jul 44: Japanese-American Staff Sergeant Kazuo Otani is killed while fighting near Pieve di Santa Luce, Italy. For his heroic actions he is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, one of 17 given to Japanese-Americans fighting in both Europe and the Pacific. More: http://scanningwwii.com/a?d=0715&s=440715 #WWII
American History: Japanese-American Internment Camps