- Utah Department of Heritage and Arts
- Utah Division of Arts & Museums
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- Utah Division of Indian Affairs
- Utah State Library Division
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Dr. Len B. Novilla, Department of Health Science, Brigham Young University, illustrates through this very informative presentation how a person’s health is greatly influenced by powerful social factors such as levels of education and income but a far greater determinant can be the quality of the social and physical environments that surround us.
On August 28, 2013, Utah commemorated the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Held on Utah’s Capitol building steps Governor Gary R. Herbert, Reverend France Davis, Dr. Forrest Crawford and other state and local leaders participated in honoring the speech and the man that did so much.
Reverend France Davis Remarks on 50th Anniversary
Reverend France Davis, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, was 16 years old when he stood before the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. On the 50th Anniversary Reverend Davis shares his memories of The March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech.
Reverend Davis is well known in Utah for leading the successful efforts to create the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday and has a legacy for advocating for equal opportunities and equities in higher education, Boy Scouts, in the treatment of diverse churches, has worked to halt racial profiling, and has helped to establish Utah’s first homeless shelter for veterans. Reverend Davis has served on many state and community boards and has received many state and local awards. He is the author of two books, Light in the Midst of Zion: A History of Black Baptists in Utah 1892-1996, and the autobiographical France Davis: An American Story Told.
“Let Freedom Ring” Celebration
Joaquin Zihuatanejo, poet, spoken word artist, and award-winning teacher and member of CoolSpeak recited the following poem “The Perfect Vision: A Poem for the 66% by 2020 Initiative” at the Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit.
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[The following information does not reflect the views or opinions of the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts or the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The intent of this collection of media coverage is to provide information regarding the ethnic population and the issues of immigration law both locally and nationally.
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Multicultural Affairs Office was established within the Utah’s Department of Heritage and Arts to develop a culturally-diverse outreach program for all ethnic communities. The Office recognizes the importance of developing relationships with the many different communities throughout Utah in order to achieve its important mission.
Inspire, strengthen and empower Utah’s multicultural community by providing support and access to resources and services.
Promote a climate of inclusion by facilitating strategic partnerships between the ethnic community, community leaders, state agencies, and state government to provide opportunities and resources that address the needs and concerns unique and common among Utah’s ethnic population.
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Fred T. Korematsu was an ordinary person who took an extraordinary stand. In 1942, at the age of 23, he refused to go to the government’s incarcer-ation camps for Japanese Americans. After being arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed the case taking it to the Supreme Court. However, his case was ruled against him due to military necessity. Korematsu’s case was re-opened in 1982, when Professor Peter Irons discov-ered key documents that government lawyers had hidden from the Supreme Court.
On November 10, 1983, Korematsu’s conviction was overturned in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California. It was a pivotal moment in civil rights history.
In 1998, Korematsu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the na-tion’s highest civilian honor, from President Bill Clinton. After 9/11, Kore-matsu continued to speak out, filing a number of legal briefs with the Su-preme Court on behalf of American Muslim inmates being held in U.S. mili-tary prisons. In 2005, after more than 60 years of activism, Korematsu passed away at the age of 86.
In 2010, California Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 1775 (Furutani, Block), the Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution bill. This is the first day in United States history named after an Asian American. The law encourages schools across California to teach students about Fred Korematsu’s story and its relevance today.
Similarly, earlier this year, Governor Gary R. Herbert proclaimed January 30th as Fred Korematsu Day. Representatives from the Topaz Board, the Korematsu Institute, JACL members and other local dignitaries
were present to commemorate this occasion. For more information on Fred Korematsu Day please visit www.fredkorematsuday.org.