At Manzanar, Diverse Voices Find Common Ground

Ondo dancing has been a tradition at the pilgrimage for decades.

By MARTHA NAKAGAWA, Rafu Contributor

Close to 800 people participated in the 49th annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, held on April 28.

This year’s pilgrimage recognized the 30th anniversary of the passage of the 1988 Civil Liberties Act (CLA), with the slogan “Silent No More: Liberty and Justice for All!” The CLA, also known as the redress bill, provided an apology and a token reparation to Japanese Americans who had been wrongly incarcerated in U.S.-style concentration camps during World War II.

Kathy Jefferson Bancroft, tribal historic preservation officer from the Lone Pine Pauite-Shoshone Reservation, welcomed the pilgrimage attendees.

“Our reservation lies just to the south of here,” Jefferson Bancroft said. “It’s a small piece of land that was traded by the federal government with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, as a place for us to live and use.