President Reagan signing the Civil Liberties Act of 1988
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Onlookers watch as President Ronald Reagan signs the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. Left to right: Senator Spark Matsunaga (Hawaii), Representative Norman Mineta (California), Representative Patsy Saiki (Hawaii), Senator Pete Wilson (California), Representative. Don Young (Alaska), Representative Robert Matsui (California), Representative Bill Lowery (California), and Harry Kajihara, President, National JACL. The man in the back is unidentified.
The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 was enacted to redress the wrongs committed by the U.S. government against Japanese Americans during World War II. The act called for a formal, written apology from the president and $20,000 in compensation to each surviving camp inmate. The recommendations were made by the government-appointed Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians.
August 10, 1988
- Matsunaga, Spark
- Mineta, Norman
- Saiki, Patsy
- Wilson, Pete
- Young, Don
- Matsui, Robert
- Lowery, Bill
- Kajihara, Harry
Courtesy of the Kinoshita Family Collection