Frank S. Emi

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Frank Seishi Emi (September 23, 1916 – December 1, 2010) was a Japanese American civil rights activist. He was a leading figure of the Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee, an ad hoc group who protested the drafting of Japanese Americans interned during World War II.[1] Emi argued it was unconstitutional to conscript men who had been stripped of their civil rights into military service and advised Nisei who received draft orders to demand they be released from camp before reporting for duty. He was convicted of conspiring to violate the Selective Service Act and served eighteen months of a four-year sentence in federal prison. For many years, Emi and his fellow draft resisters were condemned as troublemakers by the Japanese American Citizens League and the larger Japanese American community,[2] but his legacy has more recently come to be seen as an important example of civil disobedience.[3]

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Frank S. Emi
Frank Seishi Emi

(1916-09-23)September 23, 1916
DiedDecember 1, 2010(2010-12-01) (aged 94)
EducationLos Angeles City College
OrganizationHeart Mountain Fair Play Committee
Known forFighting effort of the U.S. government to draft Japanese American detainees during World War II