Karen Korematsu is the Founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute and the daughter of the late Fred T. Korematsu. In 2009, on the 25th Anniversary of the reversal of Korematsu v. U.S. World War II U.S. Supreme Court conviction, Karen established the Fred T. Korematsu Institute. She has carried on her father’s legacy as a public speaker, civil rights educator and advocate and, speaks to K-12 schools, universities, law schools and conferences across the country. She has appeared on C-Span, NPR and wrote an Op/Ed for The New York Times. In 2011, Ms. Korematsu helped establish “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution” for the State of California on January 30 in perpetuity. She was appointed as an Advisory Member to the California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning.
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