Thursday, October 22, 2015

Legacy Voices Program Speaks to Japanese American World War II History

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The Tulare County Library and Tulare County Office of Education proudly present Legacy Voices: The World War II Japanese American Experience on Friday, November 6 from 4 - 5:30 pm in the Visalia Library's Blue Room. Legacy Voices is a special presentation by Saburo and Marion Masada, who travel around the country sharing their powerful firsthand experiences of being interned in U.S. camps.

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the United States government enacted Executive Order 9066, leading to the forced internment of more than 110,000 Japanese Americans. These imprisonments took place without charges, trials, or convictions. Two-thirds of the people imprisoned were U.S.-born citizens, denied the due process promised to them by the U.S. Constitution.

Legacy Voices is held in conjunction with Shades of Tulare County Redux, an historical photo exhibit being held through December 10. The exhibit consists of over thirty images collected from personal photo albums of local residents of Asian descent in 1999 during the Shades of Tulare County project. Attendees are invited to view the exhibit before or after the presentation.

The presentation and exhibit are both free events. No registration is required. For more information on these events, please contact Lisa Raney at (559) 713-2723 or Kate Stover (559) 651-1482 ext. 3648.

The Visalia Library is located at 200 W. Oak Ave, Visalia, CA 93291. The Tulare County Library serves all the citizens of Tulare County with locations in fifteen communities, five book machines, and an online presence at