Congresswoman Doris Matsui will be the keynote speaker at a free public forum at Sacramento State on Friday that will examine similarities between today’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and a dark period in U.S. history 70-plus years ago.
Matsui is expected to speak on the need for political leadership as well as participate in a Q&A. Panelists consist of community and campus leaders including Marielle Tsukamoto, a retired teacher and principal from Elk Grove known for her work in educating the public about the Japanese American experience and their forced incarceration during WWII; Basim Elkarra, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Sacramento; and Ahlam Abdul Rahman, a Sacramento State graduate student in the English Department.
“Hysteria, Racism, Politics: Parallels Between the WWII Japanese American Internment and Attitudes Toward the Muslim Community” will be held at the Harper Alumni Center with a reception from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by opening remarks and the keynote address from 5 to 5:45 p.m. After a brief break, a panel discussion will run from 6 to 7 p.m.
The forum is part of a series of events at Sacramento State focused on diversity. For more information on the forum, visit csus.edu.
Photo: Congresswoman Doris Matsui (Sacramento State/Steve McKay)