November 16, 2015
President Obama will award the late civil rights pioneer Minoru Yasui with the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House's highest civilian honor on November 24, 2015.
"A posthumous award to Minoru Yasui would close the circle of honor that surrounds the three men (Minoru Yasui, Fred Korematsu and Gordon Hirabayashi) who, in 1942, challenged the forced removal and imprisonment of over 100,000 persons of Japanese ancestry," Holly Yasui, Minoru Yasui's daughter and co-chair of the Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee told NBC News.
Fred Korematsu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998. Gordon Hirabayashi was awarded posthumously in 2012.
Photo credit: 1983 Coram Nobis Litigants (LtoR) Gordon Hirabayashi, Minoru Yasui, and Fred Korematsu Courtesy of Holly Yasui and Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee.jpg
For more on the story:
NBC News Asian America - Minoru Yasui
NBC News Asian America - Crowdfunding campaign for Minoru Yasui film