Furutani to Be Featured Speaker at Manzanar Pilgrimage

The Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award, also known as the Baka Guts Award, was given Warren Furutani (right), then a Los Angeles Board of Public Works commissioner, at the 2013 Manzanar Pilgrimage by Bruce Embrey and Kerry Kunitomi Cababa. (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)

Former state assemblymember and long-time community activist Warren Furutani will be a featured speaker at the 48th annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, on Saturday, April 29, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles.

Each year, over 1,000 people from diverse backgrounds, including students, teachers, community members, clergy and former incarcerees, attend the pilgrimage, which commemorates the unjust incarceration of over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in ten American concentration camps, and other confinement sites, located in the most desolate, isolated regions of the U.S. during World War II. Manzanar was the first of the American concentration camps to be established.

Cultural performances will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the main portion of the program starting at noon.

The theme for this year’s Pilgrimage is