Yuri Kochiyama (1921-2014), an Asian American activist, was part of the Black Power and Asian American movements. She was friends with Malcolm X, who died in her arms. They were both born on May 19th. The FBI said she was a ringleader of Black nationalists and a Red Chinese agent.
Her parents were born in Japan. She was born in San Pedro, California. Hours after Japan attacked Pearl Harbour, the FBI took her father away. He came back six weeks later – and died the next day.
Then came the Japanese American internment:
“I was so red, white and blue, I couldn’t believe this was happening to us. America would never do a thing like this to us. This is the greatest country in the world. … I didn’t feel the anger that much because I thought…
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