Harada House Story and Civil Rights
November 12, 2020
Thursday, November 12 • 6 PM
Free • Registration Required
Join us as we collaborate to present a panel discussion and conversation about civil liberties and racial justice in the present moment, framed within the context of the Harada House as a symbol of dignity, perseverance, and social justice. The Museum of Riverside, which is steward for Harada House, is supported by the Harada House Foundation and Inlandia Institute in presenting this free program.
In 1916 in Riverside, Japanese immigrant Jukichi Harada was criminally prosecuted in a racially motivated attempt to deny the Harada family their own home. Panelists will consider what today would parallel this lawsuit and its effort to deprive people in the U.S. of their rights based on race? Questions at the heart of the discussion include “What is democracy? How does it work? Is the concept fixed or fluid? Are we getting better at it? How are our laws enforced? What must happen next?”
Against the backdrop of civil rights victories in Riverside—notably the Harada family’s judicial triumph in 1918—a group of leaders will discuss peaceful paths to effect positive change, share indicators that the system can be improved, and highlight stories of persistence and choosing the greater good. One desired outcome is further recognition that Harada House serves as a symbol and beacon of hope in the continuing struggle for social justice.
Panelists include Jack Clarke (Best, Best & Krieger), Larry Gonzalez (City of Riverside Chief of Police), Kristen Hayashi (Director of Collections Management & Access and Curator at the Japanese American Museum, Los Angeles), and Michelle Magalong University of Maryland and President of the Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation). The panel will be moderated by Museum of Riverside Director Robyn G. Peterson.