2023 Minoru Yasui Day
In-Person and Virtual Event
In 2016 Oregon’s legislature designated March 28 Minoru Yasui Day to honor the state’s only Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee’s tireless fight for equality, justice, democracy, and civil rights. This year the Min Yasui Day program is scheduled for:
Saturday, April 1, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm PST.
In person at the University of Oregon in Portland (70 NW Couch Street, Portland)
Online: Streaming live on YouTube (Details will be sent to all registered guests.)
This year’s program will feature:
➢ The Man: Reflections from Dr. Homer Yasui, Honorary Chair of the Min Yasui Legacy Project and historian extraordinaire.
➢ His Work: Reflections from Dr. Robin Yasui, Minoru Yasui’s niece, on Min’s life work as a Colorado attorney addressing injustice across all populations. In addition to the Asian population for which he is most well-known, he advocated for the rights of women and LGBTQ community, Native and African Americans, Jews, and Latinos.
➢ His Legacy Today Panel: The importance and relevance of Min’s work across generations, from high school to social justice lawyers.
➢ Behind These Bars: Dedication of the jail cell where Min spent nine months in solitary confinement fighting for justice for all Americans. While these bars could not confine Min’s spirit, the arduous journey of the cell from the Multnomah County Courthouse to its permanent resting place at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon in Portland symbolizes Min’s life work and how this spirit of an extraordinary activist was strengthened rather than diminished by confinement. Min’s determination and faith in our Constitution will be illustrated by the reading of a few poems written behind these bars.
This event is hosted by the Minoru Yasui Legacy Project in collaboration with the Japanese American Museum of Oregon (JAMO).
Download the Minoru Yasui Day 2023 flyer here.
For sponsorship opportunities click here.
Special thanks to our sponsors (partial list)
Pillars of Justice
Families of Masuo & Shidzuo Yasui | Laura's Fund of the Gorge Community Foundation |Meyer Memorial Trust
ACLU Foundation of Oregon |Chop Yasui Fund of the Gorge Community Foundation
University of Oregon Division of Equity and Inclusion | NW Natural
Minoru Yasui Stalwarts
Portland JACL | The Standard
Minoru Yasui Legacy Boosters
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital | Janet Hamada
Friends of Minoru Yasui Day
Peggy Nagae Consulting | Beaverton School District Office of Equity and Inclusion
APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon)|Aragon High School, San Mateo, California
Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, Grant High School, Portland Oregon|Oregon State Bar