The Deeper Learning Podcast | Aki’s Story: On Relocation and Resilience

Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Feb. 19, 1942, authorizing the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. In this edition of The Deeper Learning Podcast, we take a look at how this order connected two Orange County families.

Aki Munemitsu and Sylvia Mendez
Aki Munemitsu and Sylvia Mendez

The Deeper Learning PodcastYou may recall that in our last episode, we learned how Sylvia Mendez and her family challenged school segregation and laid the foundation for the Brown v. Board of Education decision.

“Aki’s Story: On Relocation and Resilience” serves as a prequel to the Mendez case, and it illustrates how the Munemitsu family — one of thousands to be relocated to internment camps during the war — persevered, rebuilt their lives and went on to make extraordinary contributions to American society through resilience, education and generosity.

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