Human rights activist Yuri Kochiyama cushions the head of civil rights leader Malcolm X on the floor of the Audubon Ballroom after he was shot by an assassin, Harlem, New York, United States, 1965, photograph by LIFE (photographer unattributed). Kochiyama, interned with tens of thousands of other innocent Japanese-Americans during World War II, was a California native who was vocal in her support of equality and human dignity for all peoples. She died in June of 2014 at age 93.
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On this ramp a few weeks ago, Yuri slowly made her way, pushing her walker, which sported no less than four "Free Mumia" stickers. "Where's the march?" Yuri asked when she reached the top. "Yuri, this is a press conference," a woman said. "What?" she said with disappointment. "No march?"
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Yuri Kochiyama (1921- ) is a grassroots civil rights activist who has involved herself in a wide range of issues from international political prisoner rights, nuclear disarmament, and Japanese redress for World War II internment. In the 1940s Yuri Kochiyama and her family were one of the many Japanese Americans to be sent to internment camps following the bombing at Pearl Harbor. Several years later she saw many similarities between how the Japanese had been treated in the camps and how many…
Yuri Kochiyama is a Japanese American human rights activist, but often remembered for her work in The Black Panther Party. Over the years, Kochiyama has dedicated herself to various causes, such as the rights of political prisoners, freeing Mumia Abu-Jamal, nuclear disarmament, and reparations to Japanese Americans who were interned during the war.