Labeled a “Red Chinese agent” in FBI files from the 1960s, activist Yuri Kochiyama became interested in black nationalism after meeting Malcolm X in Harlem during the 1960s. She was famously seen cupping the activist’s head after his assassination in 1965. As a staunch opponent of the Vietnam War, Kochiyama also supported a wide variety of social justice movements such as anti-apartheid in South Africa and Puerto Rican independence. Formerly interned during World War II, Kochiyama successfully helped fight U.S. Congress to pass the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which granted $20,000 dollars in reparations to each of the estimated 60,000 surviving Japanese detainees. She died in 2014 when she was 93 years old.

 

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