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1h 27min | English | 10 November 2019

Mr. Nakawatase was born in a Japanese American internment camp in Poston, Arizona, during World War II. After the internment program was abandoned, his family moved to Wilson, Arkansas, then Seabrook, New Jersey, where he grew up, later graduating from Rutgers University. For over thirty years, Mr. Nakawatase worked in Community Relations for the American Friends Service Committee.


Here, Mr. Nakawatase discusses his personal and family background, his family's experience in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II, what drew him to the Southern freedom movement, his work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and his impressions of Julian Bond.

Julian Bond Oral History Project: Ed Nakawatase
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An interview with Ed Nakawatase for the Julian Bond Oral History Project, sponsored by the School of Public Affairs at American University. The project documents the professional rise of Julian Bond from his early years in the Atlanta student movement, his work as a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and his rise to national prominence by 1968. Conducted by Gregg Ivers, Professor of Government and Project Director, in Mount Airy, Pennsylvania. on September 28th, 2019.

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Project Director: Gregg Ivers, Professor of Government, American University


Videography: Cayla Fox and Liz Groux


Research and Technical Support: Jessica Merriman

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