In September 2021, the Seattle Chapter of Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) celebrated its 100th Anniversary. This collection of interviews is a part of Seattle JACL's project to document and pass on its history and legacy. Underwritten by grants from the National JACL Legacy Fund and the Robert Chinn Foundation, teams of Seattle JACL members and University of Washington student interns interviewed key Seattle JACL leaders. In cases where a key leader is deceased, the interview team led a conversation with the leader's friends and family. In researching Seattle JACL's history, the Chapter recognized the debt owed to leaders who had the vision and perseverance to inspire members and transform the Chapter into an organization of activism and advocacy. The interviews were designed as "conversations" not only to focus on facts and events, but to delve deeper into the climate of the period in which these leaders served and the barriers that they overcame. The interviews involved iconic leaders from earlier years who created Seattle JACL legacy of today and also current leaders who are creating Seattle JACL legacy for tomorrow.
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