Monday, November 30, 2009

Leading Choice for Name of the 9th Grade Campus: Fred Korematsu

Fred Korematsu is the leading choice for the new 9th grade campus in San Leandro. As noted in the Daily Review, his name was nominated by 32 of 73 persons and groups that submitted nominations:

While President Obama received four nominations, Fred Korematsu far and away received the most with 32. Korematsu was a Japanese-American who refused to go to the internment camps during World War II and was convicted of disobeying an executive order. The conviction was upheld by the Supreme Court, but in 1998 President Bill Clinton awarded Korematsu the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his fight against racism and injustice.

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