Rights Violated: Japanese Incarceration and the Constitution During WWII

On September 2nd, 2015, the EGUSD Board of Education passed a resolution designating September 17th as Constitution Day.

A workshop designed for 5th-12th grade EGUSD teachers, but open to everyone, on the Japanese Internment and the Constitution will be held on:  September 17th from 4:00pm – 6:30pm at the Robert L. Trigg Education Center in Room 111.

Join other teachers and presenters to identify and discuss the constitutional issues surrounding the internment of Japanese and Americans of Japanese descent during World War II.

Participants will view oral histories and hear directly from people who were affected and will work with primary source documents especially those related to Ex Parte Endo and Korematsu vs United States. Additionally, teachers will explore the EGUSD Time of Remembrance website with Gail Desler from Technology Services.

Guest Speakers

  • Donna Komure -Toyama, served as legal counsel for the US Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians in 1981 and also worked with the Korematsu Legal Defense Team to file a special writ to overturn Fred Korematsu’s wartime conviction.
  • Charles Kobayashi, a native of Sacramento was incarcerated, along with his family at Tule Lake during World War II. Charles Kobayashi overcame postwar barriers to became a lawyer and eventually served as a Sacramento Superior court judge.
  • Kiyo Sato, raised in Sacramento, California before World War II, she was 19 when her family was sent to an internment camp in 1942. She joined the air force and was a nurse in the Korean War. She is the author of the book “Kiyo’s Story” and “Dandelion Through the Crack.”


Download the workshop flyer

Source: The photo of the federal Exclusion Order mandating the internment of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II was taken by famed photographer Dorothea Lange. Photo courtesy of The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact, Dawniell Black at

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