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Former Congressman and Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta will be the keynote speaker at the 2011 Day of Remembrance on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. Mineta will address this year’s DOR theme, “September 11: Ten Years After”.
Having served twenty years in the U.S. Congress, Mineta was appointed to the post of Secretary of Transportation by then-President George W. Bush. After the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, Mineta guided the creation of the Transportation Security Administration. He is applauded for his early and strong position against the racial profiling of Muslims, Arabs and South Asians.
Currently, Mineta is the Global Vice Chairman of Hill & Knowlton based in its Washington, D.C. office.
The DOR program will also feature Hamza Perez, community activist and spoken word artist. In 2009 PBS released an award winning film “New Muslim Cool” about his life, work and community. Perez was named one of the top 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre for his work with youth.
The annual program begins at 2:00 pm and is open to the public. The DOR is presented by NCRR, JACL/PSW and the JANM.