Yuri Kochiyama (May 19, 1921-June 1, 2014)
The Museum of Social Justice board members would like to honor the life of Japanese American human rights activist, Yuri Kochiyama. She dedicated her life advocating for social rights. In 1960, Kochiyama joined the Harlem Parents Committee and became a member of Malcolm X’s Organization of Afro-American Unity. She witnessed Malcolm X’s assassination in Harlem and held him in her arms when he died. In addition, Kochiyama was a member of the Asian American movement during the Vietnam War protests. She continued to advocate for social justice through various causes such as, political prisoners’ rights, nuclear disarmament, and reparations for the Japanese American internment. Kochiyama was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. Please join us in celebrating her life and achievements.