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Civil Rights Leaders to Speak at CHS

The free event will take place Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Carlmont High School Performing Arts Center.

[Editor's note: The following was submitted by the San Mateo County Office of Education.]

Three Civil Rights heroes, Anthony Chavez, Minnijean Brown Trickey, and Karen Korematsu will share their stories at a Civil Rights event hosted by Carlmont High School on Thursday, February 28th from 7 to 9 p.m.

The public is invited to attend, and admission is free.  The event will be held in Carlmont High School’s Performing Arts Center, located at 1400 Alameda de las Pulgas in Belmont.

Anthony Chavez is the grandson of César E. Chavez, the renowned civil rights advocate, national labor leader, and founder of the United Farm Workers.  César E. Chavez is remembered as a religious and spiritual figure, acommunity servant and social entrepreneur, a crusader for nonviolent change, and an environmentalist and consumer advocate.

Minnijean Brown Trickey is one of nine African American students who collectively desegregated Little Rock Central High School.  The Little Rock Crisis is considered to be one of the most important events in the African American Civil Rights Movement.

Karen Korematsu is the daughter of Fred T. Korematsu, a Japanese American who was arrested for hisrefusal to enter an Internment camp during World War II.  After appealing his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court ruled against him.  In 1982, researchers discovered key documents that government lawyers had kepthidden during Supreme Court proceedings that revealed Japanese Americans had done no wrong.  With this new evidence, Korematsu’s conviction was overturned on the basis of government misconduct.

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