Barbara Field’s Al Jazeera Article Honors Civil Rights Hero Fred Korematsu


President Clinton awarded Korematsu the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour in the United States, in 1998 [Photo courtesy: Shirley Nakao/Korematsu Institute]

In this poignant piece, Barbara Field contends that “While similar icons like Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King Jr get recognition, Fred Korematsu is glossed over.” However, Field’s article does much to change that. We learn that his case is a “landmark Supreme Court Case” that “resulted in amends in the form of $20,000 to every Japanese-American who was interned during World War II and a formal congressional apology.”

So, what did Korematsu do? Continue reading Field’s piece on Al Jazeera to learn about this remarkable civil rights hero.




Barbara Field is an award-winning writer and women’s empowerment leader. She is currently a UC San Diego project manager, Op Ed Project Regional Manager and Afghan Women’s Writing Project mentor.


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