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Of Civil Wrongs And Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story

Airs Friday, January 28, 2011 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Fred Korematsu was probably never more American than when he resisted, and then challenged in court, the forced internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Korematsu lost his landmark Supreme Court case in 1944, but never his indignation and resolve. "Of Civil Wrongs And Rights" is the untold history of the 40-year legal fight to vindicate Korematsu - one that finally turned a civil injustice into a civil rights victory.

In 1998, Fred Korematsu was awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom award, the nation's highest civilian honor. Former President Clinton praised Korematsu at the ceremony, stating that "In the long history of our country's constant search for justice, some names of ordinary citizens stands for millions of souls — Plessy, Brown, Parks. To that distinguished list today we add the name of Fred Korematsu."


The Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education is on Facebook.

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