R.I.P. Yuri Kochiyama

Yuri Kochiyama

From NPR:

Japanese-American activist and Malcolm X Ally, Yuri Kochiyama, has died at the age of 93. She spent two years in an internment camp and helped win reparations for Japanese-Americans.


A long-time human rights campaigner has died. Her name was Yuri Kochiyama. She traced her activism to World War II. That’s when her family was forced into internment camps, along with thousands of other Japanese-Americans.


Years later, she was in Harlem, worked in the civil rights movement with leaders including Malcolm X. She was there in 1965 when Malcolm X was assassinated. And instead of running from the gunfire, she moved toward her friend.

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16 thoughts on “R.I.P. Yuri Kochiyama

      1. Yeah I heard they were really close. I’m not sure but I don’t hear very many Japanese mention her. Maybe she’s not popular in their culture. She was a sympathizer to blacks……so that might have something to do with it.

      2. Unfortunately you’re right. I’ve noticed this as well. I always hear people say we are all “people of color”. I’m guilty of using that expression from time to time myself. But it’s obvious many of these other races don’t follow that thought pattern. I suggest black people get wise to this before it’s too late.

  1. We’ve lost two progressive liberals — Maya Angelou and Yuri Kochiyama during the past week. 😦 . This should be a wake up call for more of us progressive to continue to fight for human rights for all — which right-wingnuts hate. They only wants rights for themselves.

  2. God rest her, I never heard of her. This is touching that she was there when Malcom X was assassinated and she held his head in her lap. This lady was a true soldier who lived with purpose. Much respect to her, the fact that she lived to 93 is just beautiful. Rest in power Yuri Kochiyama.

  3. ..Rest in Power.. how fitting of you to say, Mary! This courageous and virtuous woman is proof that thought not all POC (including some Black and Asian, etc.) get along with one another in an effort to gain “white” approval-when we put aside our alleged “differences” like this awesome Japanese woman did, and work alongside their fellow folks o’ color in an effort to fight for justice for all of us-we then make positive strides and changes towards getting things done in our local, and global communities for generations to come! R.I.P. Ms. Kochiyama

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