The family of long-time political activist and beloved icon, Yuri Kochiyama, is in the process of assessing and cataloging over 150 boxes of archival materials in preparation for submission of the collection to a repository (library or university in New York City or the Bay Area). The YKAP project is seeking funds to compensate a research assistant to work with the family in organizing, cataloging, assessing and scanning the materials both in Oakland, where the bulk of the archives reside and in New York, where 30 to 40 of the boxes are.
The initial project is to organize, catalogue, assess and scan materials in this collection of Yuri’s speeches, journals, articles, interviews, photos, leaflets and correspondence, as well as articles, periodicals, CDs, DVDs on the Black, Asian, Latino and other Third World movements since the 1960’s. There are also materials from Yuri’s childhood in San Pedro, California through the internment camps and her life in New York and the Bay Area (spanning almost 92 years). The collection includes treasures such as a scrapbook of original signed postcards from Malcolm X during his travels to Mecca and abroad in 1964 and Yuri’s journals from her internment camp experience in the mid 40’s.
The goal of the project is to preserve and protect this valuable record of a long life of committed radical activism and astoundingly personal humanism and making this legacy accessible to students of resistance and transcendence everywhere.
For more information contact Audee Kochiyama-Holman at email@example.com