Join George Takei for a Day of Remembrance virtual event and live discussion at the Glen Avon Regional Library on Friday, Feb. 19. Seventy-five years ago, Executive Order 9066 paved the way to the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans.
George Takei, and many others who were incarcerated, are featured in And Then They Came for Us, an award-winning documentary directed by the Peabody Award-winning team of Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider. And Then They Came for Us brings history into the present through the retelling of this difficult story, following Japanese American activists, and featuring newly rediscovered photographs by Dorothea Lange. And Then They Came for Us is a cautionary and inspiring tale for these dark times.
Free digital access to the documentary And Then They Came for Us is available for one week only, starting Friday (Feb. 12). Residents may sign up to watch the film online at http://gooddocs.net/attcfu-ca-public-libraries.
The virtual live discussion with George Takei will take place Friday, Feb. 19, from 4 – 5 p.m. Residents can register online at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Tvs8yzqJQ62B3VuEP8S8Jw.
George Takei is the author of the award-winning graphic novel memoir, They Called Us Enemy, a firsthand account of his years behind the barbed wires of internment camps as a result of Executive Order 9066. Mr. Takei’s acting career has spanned five decades, with more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles. He is best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek. Mr. Takei is also a social justice activist, social media mega-power and New York Times bestselling author.
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