Thursday, May 19, 2016

Retro Rights - Yuri Kochiyama and Malcolm X

I've highlighted both of these people before and rightly so. I'm highlighting them again. Today is the birthday of both Yuri Kochiyama and Malcolm X. Two folks from really different backgrounds who found common ground in fighting for social justice. Ms. Kochiyama was a "guest " at one of the American internment camps set up for the corralling of Americans of Japanese descent when WWII broke. Not seen as "American" these citizens were herded into these camps. UGH! The one her family was sent to was in Jerome, Arkansas. It fashioned her view of justice the rest of her life. She became instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s. Ms. Kochiyama passed in 2014 at the age of 93. Google honors her today with their doodle!

Malcolm X was born this day too. He would have been 91. See my thoughts on him in a previous post.

So different. So alike. Happy Birthday to both!

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