The author tells the story of his family’s internment during World War II and struggles to desegregate California schools


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The author tells the story of his family’s internment during World War II and fights to desegregate California schools

The Fighting for the Right to Fight lecture series at the Heroes Hall Museum continues with its third presentation on Saturday, April 2, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Janice Munemitsu will talk about his new book, The softness of the color, the true story of two immigrant families, their struggle against racism in the 1940s, and the kindness that helped them build a better future. One family faced Japanese American incarceration during World War II, while the other was denied equal access to public education because of their surname and the color of his skin.

The Fighting for the Right to Fight lecture series focuses on the tremendous achievements and challenges that black service members and other groups have faced during wartime.


The kindness of color: the story of two families and

Mendez et al. vs. Westminster, the desegregation of 1947

California Public Schools

When: Saturday April 2, 11am-12.30pm

Or: Heroes Hall Museum at OC Fairgrounds

Admission and parking are free. Space is limited.

RSVP here.

About the speaker: Janice Munemitsu is a third-generation Japanese-American Sansei. Originally from Orange County, Janice worked on the family farm from the age of five until high school. She graduated from the University of Southern California and the University of Biola. Following a corporate career as Vice President of Consumer Brands at ConAgra Foods, Janice is currently a Spiritual Director in private practice and serves on several non-profit boards. The kindness of color is his first book. More information can be found at

For more information on the lecture series, contact Carol Singleton at 714-397-7300.

Credit: OC Exhibition and Events Center

Heroes Hall is located next to Centennial Farm on the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds. The museum is open to the public all year round.

OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa hosts the annual OC and Imaginology Fair. Year-round attractions include Centennial Farm, Table of Dignity, Heroes Hall, and Pacific Amphitheatre. Throughout the year, events ranging from recreational shows to cultural festivals are held at the fairgrounds. For more information, visit

Support from OC Fair & Event Center provides year-round educational opportunities and helps fund community giving programs.

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