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Remembering Henry Miyatake: A man with the plan

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Senator Daniel K. Akaka, D-Hawaii, introduced the redress bill in the US Senate.

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Remembering Henry Miyatake: A man with the plan

BOB SHIMABUKUROOCTOBER 13, 2014

Henry Miyatake was one of the earliest proponents behind the redress movement from the early 70s. • Image from a video at Densho Encyclopedia

History demands that the person who gave birth to an idea must be recognized when it reaches maturation.

—Washington Supreme Court Justice Charles Z. Smith, on Henry Miyatake, 1997


A one-liner from the October 3 edition of the Auburn (Washington) Reporter reported under “Deaths:”

Miyatake, Henry, 85, September 16.

That’s it.

After all he did for the Japanese American community and everyone who was affected by E.O. 9066, which means all of us residing in the United States, he gets a one-liner in the County Register. I shed a few tears over that thought. And then I wrote:

“Great man, restless mind

Died alone, apparently;

Maybe he wanted it that way.

RIP, Henry.”

I couldn’t think of anything more to write.

*   *   *

Later, I remembered half-promises to him.

“Bob,” Henry said about…

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