Fred T Korematsu Institute
Mission: The Fred T. Korematsu Institute educates to advance racial equity, social justice, and human rights for all.
The Korematsu Institute (KI) is a national organization and promotes the importance of teaching about one of the most blatant forms of racial profiling in U.S. history, the WWII forced removal and mass incarceration of Japanese Americans into ten Japanese American Confinement Sites across the nation. We bridge the Fred Korematsu story with various subjects including other civil rights heroes and movements, World War II, the Constitution, global environmental and human rights, and Asian American history. KI makes connections and relevancy to present-day civil rights discrimination and political scapegoating such as mass incarceration, anti-immigrant sentiment, and Islamophobia. We work toward building solidarity and partnerships with other groups and organizations to accomplish our mission.
In 2009 the Fred T. Korematsu Institute was founded to honor Fred Korematsu’s legacy. It originally was a local community and education program, and our vision changed in 2010 as a result of Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution being established in California. We have become a national organization that inspires others through the Fred Korematsu story.
Vision: To uphold all human and civil rights by inspiring people to “stand up for what is right”
Included in the Korematsu Institute’s vision are several future goals. One is to establish federal recognition of January 30th as a national holiday honoring Fred Korematsu. We are working to promote awareness of Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution to schools, the general public, and state and federal legislators. Second, by collaborating with education partners, we are working toward creating a national resource center for Asian Pacific American history and civic education, where educators can acquire materials and guidance in developing effective curriculum. A third major goal is to create the Fred T. Korematsu National Museum of Asian American History and Culture within the National Park Service, Presidio of San Francisco.
We have distributed approximately 12,000 Curriculum Kits to educators, reaching more than a million students.