Kochiyama at Central Park anti-war demonstration circa 1968
|Born||Mary Yuriko Nakahara
May 19, 1921
San Pedro, California, U.S.
|Died||June 1, 2014
Berkeley, California, U.S.
(m. 1946â€“1993; his death)
Projects meant living with blacks and Puerto Ricans, but that's what we wanted. Living in the projects, we've met so many wonderful, wonderful people.
I lived in San Pedro, California, which is, you know, on the west side of California, and it's where many, many Japanese lived.
When you're in a black group, you have to keep in mind you're not black. You just have to be sensitive. We have to be appreciative that the black nationalist struggle is a nationalist struggle.
I tell you, in this country, you don't get much of an education. Throughout high school, through junior college, which is all I went, I didn't know anything about the annihilation of all the Indian nations that were here.
I didn't wake up and decide to become an activist. But you couldn't help notice the inequities, the injustices. It was all around you.