Remembering Japanese American History Means Fighting For A More Just Country

By Erin Tsurumoto Grassi

La Mesa, National City, the City of San Diego and the County of San Diego’s proclamations to honor civil rights activist Fred Korematsu for his work opposing the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II is very meaningful to me and my family. I am Yonsei – fourth generation Japanese American on my mother's side. Both my grandmother and my grandfather were imprisoned with their families during WWII. My grandfather was 12 years old when he was sent to Amache Relocation Center in Colorado, and my grandmother was 7 years old when she was sent to Topaz Relocation Center in Utah. 

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Q&A With Bishop Yvette Flunder

Alliance San Diego is thrilled to feature Bishop Yvette Flunder as the keynote speaker for the 33rd Annual All Peoples Celebration on Monday, January 18 at 10:30AM. Normally held as a breakfast with more than 1,000 attendees, this year’s APC event will be delivered virtually. Bishop Flunder will join us online to inspire us with her deep and profound reflections on what it means to “Persist,” this year’s theme for the All Peoples Celebration. 

Register for the 33rd Annual All Peoples Celebration here!

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Five Reasons Why You Should Attend A Virtual All Peoples Celebration


Every year, thousands of diverse community members in San Diego gather to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the All Peoples Celebration, and collectively reflect on our shared effort to build a more inclusive democracy. On January 18th, 2021, Alliance San Diego invites you to join us once again at the 33rd annual All Peoples Celebration. This coming year you can join us from the comfort and safety of your own home as the event will be hosted virtually! Every year, musicians, dancers, performers and speakers share the stage to create an inspiring program with an uplifting energy, and this upcoming celebration will be no different. We’re so excited to celebrate with you, that we’ve listed five reasons why you should register for the 33rd annual All Peoples Celebration today!

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The History of the All Peoples Celebration

For over 30 years, the All Peoples Celebration has honored the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in San Diego. The All People’s Celebration is a chance for diverse community members across San Diego and across the movement for social justice to gather and reflect on the teachings of Dr. King and what it means to build an inclusive democracy together here in San Diego and across the country. 

We’d like to share how this event came to be during the 1980’s and how Alliance San Diego has carried the torch to hold this event in honor of Dr. King.

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