Gordon Hirabayashi


“In a remarkable show of personal courage, Auburn [Wash.] native Gordon Hirabayashi was one of [a] handful of Japanese Americans nationwide to defy U.S. government curfew and ‘evacuation’ orders issued in 1942 (in the context of World War II) to persons of Japanese ancestry who lived on the West Coast. Hirabayashi considered the orders to be a gross violation of Constitutional rights. He was arrested, convicted, and imprisoned, and eventually appealed his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.” http://www.historylink.org/File/2070

See also: The Internment of Japanese Americans as Reported by Seattle Area Weekly Newspapers http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/news_colasurdo.htm