Saturday June 9, 2018 at 2:00pm in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room
During the 1940s all-too-few white Californians opposed President Roosevelt's executive order that removed and incarcerated all people of Japanese descent living on the west coast.
Local historian Chuck Wollenberg will discuss a few of those principled Californians in two programs at the Berkeley Public Library.
In this - the 1st of 2 episodes - Wollenberg will speak on his new book, REBEL LAWYER: WAYNE COLLINS AND THE DEFENSE OF JAPANESE AMERICAN RIGHTS, covering the career of the San Francisco civil rights attorney who argued the most important Japanese American legal cases. Collins was not a saintly hero, but a real person with great strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, he was an enabler of Nikkei activism, paving the way for the powerful Japanese American redress movement that won monetary reparations for victims of the executive order.