Today is the 75th Anniversary of Korematsu v. United States

Seventy-five years ago today the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a great injustice. In Korematsu v. United States the high court ruled against Fred Korematsu and upheld the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the case, from December 18, 2019 through January 30, 2020, the Fred T. Korematsu Institute and Advancing Justice | AAJC are joining forces in the name of fighting for justice and equality.

We hope you’ll join us in proclaiming “Never again.”

Stand up for what is right

In 1942, at the age of 23, Fred Korematsu refused to go to the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans.

After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled against him and upheld the legality of the incarceration.

Four decades later, in 1983, Korematsu’s conviction was overturned.

Korematsu remained an activist, and in 2010, the state of California passed the Fred Korematsu Day bill, making January 30, his birthday, the first day in the U.S. named after an Asian American.

The Fred T. Korematsu Institute was founded by Korematsu’s daughter, Karen Korematsu, to carry on her father’s legacy.

Fighting for justice and equality together

Sharing similar missions of advancing civil and human rights for all, the Korematsu Institute and Advancing Justice | AAJC are committed to educating and upholding our democracy.

Advancing Justice | AAJC is the voice for our communities and Korematsu’s legacy continues to grow and inspire people of all backgrounds and demonstrate the importance of speaking up to fight injustice.

Your support will continue to strengthen our collective efforts and ensure the liberties that make our nation vibrant.

How you can help

To support the ongoing fight for justice and equality, the Korematsu Institute and Advancing Justice | AAJC ask you to make a donation in any multiple of 75, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary – whether that is $7.50, $75, $750, $7,500 or higher, no donation is too small or too large. All donations will be shared equally between our two organizations.

This campaign will run from December 18, 2019, marking the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Korematsu v. United States through January 30, 2020, marking Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution.

Please give today.


Karen Korematsu
Founder & Executive Director
Fred T. Korematsu Institute

John C. Yang
President and Executive Director
Advancing Justice | AAJC

All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law