Governor Newsom Proclaims Fred Korematsu Day 2024

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today issued a proclamation declaring January 30, 2024, as Fred Korematsu Day.

The text of the proclamation and a copy can be found below:


Fred Korematsu did not set out to become a civil rights hero, but his bold decision at the age of 23 to challenge the policy of Japanese internment forever altered the course of history. This year, as we commemorate the 105th anniversary of his birth, we reflect on his courageous crusade for civil rights.

In 1942, Korematsu, an Oakland-born welder, took a stand against Executive Order 9066, the federal government’s demand that Japanese Americans report to internment camps. Korematsu’s bold act of protest led to his arrest and conviction, which he fought all the way to the Supreme Court.

Though the Court ultimately ruled against him, Korematsu found vindication forty years later, when a federal court overturned his criminal conviction. In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded Korematsu the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Throughout his life, Korematsu worked tirelessly to ensure Americans understood the lessons learned from a dark chapter of our history. Today, as we confront attacks on our fundamental rights and freedoms and hate-fueled violence across the country, it is clear that Korematsu’s extraordinary fight for civil rights is far from over. His legacy is an inspiration and reminder to all of us that we must continue to strike out against injustice in our daily lives.

NOW THEREFORE I, GAVIN NEWSOM, Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim January 30, 2024, as “Fred Korematsu Day.”

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 30th day of January 2024.

GAVIN NEWSOMGovernor of California

ATTEST:SHIRLEY N. WEBER, Ph.D.Secretary of State