On February 19, 1942, Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, paving the way for the violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans.
As part of SBPL's programming around the Day of Remembrance on February 19, we have partnered with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation to highlight Santa Barbara's Nihonmachi (Japantown).
All are invited to participate in the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation’s virtual Nihonmachi Exhibit
at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park. While the Park remains closed due to the pandemic, we encourage you to explore the neighborhood maintaining COVID-19 health and safety mandates. When you do, start at the interpretive sign near the parking lot at the corner of Anacapa and Canon Perdido Streets.
To learn more and hold space for all who were and are impacted by the Executive Order, you can also:
* Join SBPL for learning and conversations at our first TED & Joe in the Morning discussion group. This first meeting we will be watching and discussing videos related to Truth & Reconciliation. Videos will explore explicit examples of civic truth and reconciliation, but also what this means for us in our own personal relationships. February 12th from 9:30-10:30am, register here
* Participate in the live discussion with George Takei about the documentary on Friday, February 19th from 4-5pm. Register here
* Attend the Social Justice Book Club discussion of Takei’s They Called Us Enemy
on Thursday, February 25th from 5:45-6:45pm. Register here
to receive the Zoom link to attend.