February 18, 2010

C-SPAN’s American History channel will start to broadcast selected Densho video interviews on February 19, the Day of Remembrance that commemorates the signing of Executive Order 9066 in 1942. That presidential decree authorized the removal and detention of 120,000 Japanese Americans from their homes and businesses solely on the basis of ancestry.

The first interview to be broadcast is with Norman Mineta, former cabinet member of the Bush and Clinton administrations and a longtime California congressman. Densho’s Tom Ikeda interviewed Secretary Mineta about his role in helping to pass the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, the redress bill that so many people fought long and hard for.

Visit the C-SPAN webpage for schedule and more information.