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"William Hohri"

January/February 2011 issue of Poverty & Race

We dedicate this issue of P&R to William Hohri, who passed away in late November, for his persistent and successful pursuit of redress for the 120,000 Japanese Americans who lost their liberty shortly after Pearl Harbor, interned in isolated prison camps around the country. While his 1983 class action damage suit against the federal government was rejected by the Supreme Court, his efforts succeeded in getting Congress to pass, and Pres. Reagan to sign, a 1988 apology and reparations bill, providing $20,000 tax-free to all survivors of the wartime camps. Of particular interest was that his social activism was triggered by participation in James Meredith’s 1966 Memphis-to-Jackson march for voting rights.
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