Yuri Kochiyama is a prominent Japanese American human rights activists and a huge proponent of Afro-Asian solidarity and solidarity amongst movements. In 1960, Kochiyama moved to Harlem in New York City and joined the Harlem Parents Committee. She became acquainted with Malcolm X and was a member of his Organization of Afro-American Unity, following his departure from the Nation of Islam. Yuri was present at his assassination on February 21, 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, and held him in her arms as he lay dying. Kochiyama was also a member of the Young Lords, the group of Puerto Ricans who fought for Puerto Rican independence and at one point took over the Statue of Liberty to draw attention to the struggle. She is revered for her six decades of intensive social justice commitments.
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