Welcome to the Fighting for Justice website

This series was launched in January 2017 with the first book, Fred Koremtasu Speaks Up. On this site, you can learn about the first book, the series as a whole, and booking school visits. We are happy to hear from readers. You can use the Contact Us form to send your thoughts and questions. Now is a better time than ever to speak up for justice!

Stan Yogi, Karen Korematsu of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, and Laura Atkins
Stan Yogi, Karen Korematsu of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, and Laura Atkins

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up

Fred Korematsu liked listening to music on the radio, playing tennis, and hanging around with his friends—just like lots of other Americans. But everything changed when the United States went to war with Japan in 1941 and the government forced all people of Japanese ancestry to leave their homes on the West Coast and move to distant prison camps. This included Fred, whose parents had immigrated to the United States from Japan many years before. But Fred refused to go. He knew that what the government was doing was unfair. And when he got put in jail for resisting, he knew he couldn’t give up.

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About the Series


Introducing young readers to people who spoke up and fought for their rights in California history

Blending free-verse poetry and illustration with historical primary-source material, FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE biographies encourage young people to speak up and make a difference.

"A must-read for all civics classrooms.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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School Visits

Co-authors Stan Yogi and Laura Atkins offer interactive school visits, aimed primarily at 4th through 8th grades. Using an image-driven presentation, they introduce students to WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans, details about Fred Korematsu's legal fight, and larger discussions of fighting discrimination, activism, and speaking up for justice.

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