AUGUST 4 - MICHI NISHIURA WEGLYN
As the author of the 1976 book Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America’s Concentration Camps, Michi Nishiura Weglyn highlighted the US government’s misconduct toward Japanese Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Her research helped to fuel a movement to gain reparations for Japanese Americans interned during World War II.
Years later, Weglyn would advocate for individuals denied reparations under the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, as well as more than 2,000 Japanese Peruvians who were taken from their homes by the US government and used in a hostage exchange program with Japan.
Though Weglyn never graduated from college - due to complications related to tuberculosis - she has received honorary degrees from Hunter College, California State University and Mount Holyoke College.