The Japanese American Citizens League

The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) was organized in the late 1920s by a small group of young, professional nisei in response to the anti-Japanese fervor of the times. The organization was decidedly patriotic and dealt with discrimination by emphasizing American citizenship, loyalty, and assimilation. Because of their ideology, JACL members were recruited by the military to assist in carrying out the "evacuation" orders, and they urged Japanese Americans to cooperate with the government. The group inspired strong, mixed feelings among Japanese Americans during this time. However, in the years following the war, the JACL regained much of its former support by successfully overturning many legal barriers for Japanese Americans.

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Warren Furutani, Japanese American Citizens League, Saburo Kido, James Sakamoto, Masao Satow, Walter Tsukamoto, Edison Uno

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In front of Japanese American Citizens League building (ddr-densho-10-230)
img In front of Japanese American Citizens League building (ddr-densho-10-230)
Caption on reverse: "L-R: Dean Hayasaka, Visual Communications camerman, John Esaki, Visual Communications producer/director, Shosuke Sasaki, Seattle redress pioneer, Mike Nakata, Seattle redress pioneer, Chuck Kato, Seattle redress pioneer, Cherry Kinoshita, JACL Redress Video Project Chair, Henry Miyatake, Seattle redress pioneer, Ken Nakano, Seattle redress pioneer. In front of building in which JACL was first organized …
1986 JACL National Convention kickoff dinner (ddr-densho-10-29)
img 1986 JACL National Convention kickoff dinner (ddr-densho-10-29)
Caption on reverse: "To Cherry - 22A / E. Sato / Walter Woodward, Paul Ohtaki kickoff dinner / Monday, July 21, 1986."
1986 JACL National Convention kickoff dinner (ddr-densho-10-30)
img 1986 JACL National Convention kickoff dinner (ddr-densho-10-30)
Caption on reverse: "To Cherry - 15A / E. Sato / Kickoff dinner / Monday, July 21, 1986."
Mary Tsukamoto speaking at the 1986 JACL National Convention kickoff dinner (ddr-densho-10-33)
img Mary Tsukamoto speaking at the 1986 JACL National Convention kickoff dinner (ddr-densho-10-33)
Caption on reverse: "To Cherry - 5A / E. Sato / Mary Tsukamoto kickoff dinner / Monday, July 21, 1986."
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