They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but today’s Google Doodle honoring civil rights activist Fred Korematsu has left many speechless.
Korematsu, who died in 2005 but would have turned 98 today, fought against Japanese interment in a landmark Supreme Court case that some say laid the foundation for Brown v. Board of Education. President Bill Clinton awarded Korematsu the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998, and the states of Virginia and California officially recognize every Jan. 30 as the Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution.
The Google doodle today celebrates the birthday of Fred Korematsu, the namesake of the 1944 SCOTUS case challenging Japanese internment. pic.twitter.com/BKrzGS2ZXT
Though he lost his Supreme Court battle, in which SCOTUS ruled 6-3 that the internment of Japanese Americans was constitutional, Korematsu remained an ardent supporter of civil rights throughout his lifetime, filing amicus briefs warning against the suspension of civil liberties after 9/11 and working with the nonprofit Constitution Project for the last few years of his life.
In light of this weekend’s events—which saw President Donald Trump issue an executive order on Holocaust Remembrance Day that banned the immigration of residents of seven Middle Eastern nations, followed by dozens of protests at airports across the nation as green card holders and refugees were detained—many are using the day to share relevant quotes from Korematsu and remind others of his legacy on social networking sites.
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