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Robert H. Jackson Center
On Thursday, April 18, 2019 the Robert H. Jackson Center invites the public to experience history in a unique and provocative way. The Jackson Center is bringing Living Voices, offered by Theatreworks USA, to present multiple performances of “Within the Silence.” The program will be performed in the Cappa Theatre of the Jackson Center at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon.
“Within The Silence” follows Emi Yamada, a teenage Japanese-American girl living in Seattle until her family is forced to sell or give away their possessions and home after President Franklin Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066. Seventy-five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the President’s order to relocate all Americans of Japanese descent to internment camps in the interest of national security in Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1944). Justice Robert H. Jackson wrote a stinging dissent that challenged the Court’s conclusion that the petitioner unlawfully refused imprisonment, noting, “[Fred] Korematsu . . . has been convicted of an act not commonly a crime. It consists merely of being present in the state whereof he is a citizen, near the place where he was born, and where all his life he has lived.”
This free program will begin with a Q&A session for the audience. Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling 716-483-6646 or by registering online at roberthjackson.org/events.
This program is made possible through the generosity of our donors and Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES.
The Robert H. Jackson Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that envisions a global society where the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice prevail. The Center invites and engages students of all ages, scholars, educators, national officials and international dignitaries to analyze contemporary issues of peace and justice through the lens of Justice Jackson’s body of work.