IN REMEMBRANCE: 6-8-2014

BEAUTIFUL, ALSO, ARE THE SOULS OF MY BLACK SISTERS

YURI KOCHIYAMA, RIGHTS ACTIVIST WHO BEFRIENDED MALCOLM X

Yuri Kochiyama, in 1999, hosted activists in Harlem.Credit Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

Her granddaughter Akemi Kochiyama confirmed the death.

Mrs. Kochiyama, the child of Japanese immigrants who settled in Southern California, knew discrimination well by the time she was a young woman. During World War II she spent two years in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans in Arkansas, a searing experience that also exposed her to the racism of the Jim Crow South.

A few years after the war, she married William Kochiyama, whom she had…

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