Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Sue Kunitomi Embrey 1923-2006

Sue Kunitomi Embrey, the guiding force behind the designation of the Manzanar Relocation Center as a National Historic Site has passed away.

A teacher, activist and community leader was a life-long resident of Los Angeles. A former internee at Manzanar, she not only persevered in her efforts to have Manzanar designated both a California Historic Site and a National Historic Site, she tirelessly worked to ensure the shameful story of America's treatment of Japanese Americans during World War II would not be forgotten.

Sue Embrey also helped developed the curriculum for the UCLA Asian-American Studies Center, developed teaching plans for inclusion of the history of Japanese-Americans in California's schools, and was active in the movement for redress and reparations from the United States government for the 120,000 former internees and their descendants.

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