Japanese American National Museum
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Fulfilling the Promise of America: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988

2008 Gala Dinner & Silent Auction
Saturday, April 19, 2008

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel
2025 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, California

5:30 PM - Silent Auction and Reception
Seafood Buffet provided by American Fish & Seafood Company

7:00 PM - Dinner and Program

When President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 into law on August 10, 1988, providing an official apology and reparations to thousands of Japanese Americans unconstitutionally forced to leave their homes by their own government during World War II, it meant more than just vindication for those whose rights were violated. It represented a triumph of American democracy, a coming together of diverse groups and individuals, political organizations and elected officials, who supported this cause simply because it was the right thing to do.

The Japanese American National Museum’s 2008 Annual Gala Dinner will recognize some of the key players who helped to turn what was considered an impossible dream into the law of the land and why it is so important for all Americans today.


  • U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye
  • Former Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta
  • Former Congresswoman Pat Saiki (invited)
  • Representatives of the coram nobis legal team:
    • Lead Counsel Dale Minami
    • Lead Counsel Rod Kawakami
    • Lead Counsel Peggy Nagae
    • Law historian Peter Irons (invited)
  • Japanese American Citizens League, represented by John Tateishi
  • National Coalition for Redress/Reparations, represented by Alan Nishio
  • National Council for Japanese American Redress, represented by Aiko Yoshinaga Herzig and William Hohri

Also featuring historic footage of President Ronald Reagan signing the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 and tributes to the Issei and Nisei generations and the Nikkei World War II veterans.

The dress for this evening is black-tie optional. For more information about the Annual Dinner, contact, or call 800.461.5266 ext. 2250.



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