Yuri Kochiyama received the Dream of Equality Award at AAFE’s 13th Annual Lunar New Year Banquet.

On Sunday, June 1, human rights activist Yuri Kochiyama passed away at the age of 93.  Throughout her life, Kochiyama was an advocate of civil rights for people of all races and backgrounds.  Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, she and her family spent the next several years at Japanese-American interment camps.  In the 1960s, Kochiyama stood alongside Malcom X as he fought for black civil rights, and a famous photograph in Life magazine shows her cradling him in her arms following his assassination.  She and her husband Bill would later protest for reparations for Japanese-American World War II internees, leading President Ronald Reagan to sign the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.

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