On March 17, the Manzanar Committee announced that Manjusha Kulkarni and Dr. Arthur A. Hansen will be among the featured speakers at the 54th annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, which will be held live and in-person, conditions permitting, at the Manzanar National Historic Site on Saturday, April 29, at 12 p.m.
The committee also announced that bus transportation to the pilgrimage will be available from Los Angeles.
Kulkarni is the executive director of the AAPI Equity Alliance and a co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate. Hansen, one of the leading scholars documenting and researching Manzanar and the Japanese American incarceration, is the author of a new book, “Manzanar Mosaic: Essays and Oral Histories on America’s First World War II Japanese American Concentration Camp.”
Also featured will be Brenda Ling, superintendent of Manzanar National Historic Site, and James Matsuoka, son of Jim Matsuoka.
“Our Legacy: Generational Struggles For Democracy” is the theme for this year’s Pilgrimage, which will be dedicated to the late Jim Matsuoka of Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress and the late Rev. Alfred Tsuyuki of Konko Church of Los Angeles.