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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The Woodwards speaking at the 1986 JACL National Convention kickoff dinner (ddr-densho-10-31)
img The Woodwards speaking at the 1986 JACL National Convention kickoff dinner (ddr-densho-10-31)
Caption on reverse: "To Cherry - 3A / E. Sato / Walter and Mildred Woodward, Bainbridge Island, WA kickoff dinner / Monday, July 21, 1986."
JACL Legislative Education Committee plaque presentation at the Nisei Veterans Installation Banquet (ddr-densho-10-49)
img JACL Legislative Education Committee plaque presentation at the Nisei Veterans Installation Banquet (ddr-densho-10-49)
Cherry Kinoshita presenting plaques to Mas Fukuhara, Nisei Veterans Committee Commander, and John Ishii, MIS-NW President.
1986 JACL National Convention kickoff dinner (ddr-densho-10-28)
img 1986 JACL National Convention kickoff dinner (ddr-densho-10-28)
Caption on reverse: "To Cherry - 21A / E. Sato / Kickoff dinner Hyatt Regency Chicago / Monday, July 21, 1986."
Departing the JACL National Convention of 1986 (ddr-densho-10-26)
img Departing the JACL National Convention of 1986 (ddr-densho-10-26)
Caption on reverse: "To Cherry - I-4 / E. Sato / Departure - Hyatt Regency / Saturday, July 26, 1986."
Installation of officers at the 1986 JACL Convention (ddr-densho-10-52)
img Installation of officers at the 1986 JACL Convention (ddr-densho-10-52)
Caption on reverse: "Installation of officers, Nat'l Bd / Sayonara Bqt - July 27, 1986."
Departing the JACL National Convention of 1986 (ddr-densho-10-27)
img Departing the JACL National Convention of 1986 (ddr-densho-10-27)
Caption on reverse: "To Cherry - I-5 / E. Sato / Departure - Hyatt Regency / Saturday, July 26, 1986."
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