Manzanar will host four days of bilingual tours and film screenings during Latino Conservation Week. The special events titled "Echoes of Resilience/Voces de Valentía" will highlight inspiring stories about some of the people at Manzanar whose courage and resilience helped them navigate through a difficult time in our nation’s history. One of the featured stories will be of Ralph Lazo, a 16-year-old Mexican-American who chose to live within Manzanar’s barbed wire to be with his friends. His story is told in Stand Up for Justice: The Ralph Lazo Story, produced by Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR) and Visual Communications in 2004.
Rocio Gomez, a Latino Heritage intern, will lead the "Echoes of Resilience/Voces de Valentía" site tour of the Japanese gardens starting at 9:30 a.m. and introduce the film Stand Up for Justice: The Ralph Lazo Story at 12:30 p.m.
These special events are free and open to the public. Visitors interested in the walking tours should meet in the Visitor Center lobby shortly before 9:30 a.m. to sign up. The first ten visitors to sign up for each bilingual tour will receive a Manzanar souvenir water bottle.
Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. There are no food services at Manzanar; bring snacks and water. There will be places to refill water bottles on the tour.
Manzanar History Association, National Park Service, Hispanic access Foundation, Latino Heritage Internship Program
Date & time:
July 20, 2017
Manzanar National Historic Site