405E Frank Emi

Room #: 405 E

Capacity: 2

Frank Emi Room

Frank Seishi Emi was a Japanese American civil rights activist who was a leading figure in a movement to resist the draft of interned Japanese Americans during World War II. As a leading member of the Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee, Emi argued it was unconstitutional to conscript men who had been stripped of their civil rights into military service and advised Nisei who received draft orders to demand they be released from camp before reporting for duty. He was convicted of conspiring to violate the Selective Service Act and served eighteen months of a four-year sentence in federal prison. Emi and his fellow draft resistors faced backlash for their activism from the Japanese American community at large. This stigma would not begin to change until the late 1970s and early 1980s, and in 2000, the Japanese American Citizens League reversed their stance and offered Emi and the other resisters a formal apology. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_S._Emi)

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