"Our ultimate objective in learning about anything is to try to create and develop a more just society."
- YURI KOCHIYAMA
- YURI KOCHIYAMA | 7 ARTS CORE
REMEMBERING YURI KOCHIYAMA
Yuri Kochiyama (May 19, 1921 – June 1, 2014) was a tireless political activist who dedicated her life to contributing to social change through her participation in social justice and human rights movements. Kochiyama’s activism started in Harlem in the early 1960s, where she participated in the Asian American, Black, and Third World movements for civil and human rights, ethnic studies, and against the war in Vietnam. She was a fixture in support movements involving organizations such as the Young Lords and the Harlem Community for Self Defense. As founder of Asian Americans for Action, she also sought to build a more political Asian American movement that would link itself to the struggle for Black liberation. “Racism has placed all ethnic peoples in similar positions of oppression poverty and marginalization.” In 1963, she met Malcolm X. Their friendship and political alliance changed her life and outlook. She joined his group, the Organization for Afro-American Unity, to work for racial justice and human rights. Yuri was present on the day he was tragically shot and killed in 1965. In the Life magazine article “Death of Malcolm X,” she can be seen crouched in the background, cradling Malcolm X’s head.
[Excerpt from ZINNED PROJECT]
- YURI KOCHIYAMA & MALCOM X | SUSHMITA ARORA
YUR KOCHIYAMA: (L) A MAGAZINE; (R) FAIR USE IMAGE
UNDERSTANDING THE ASIAN-AMERICAN REALITY
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