Yuri Kochiyama

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Yuri Kochiyama

Giana Talamantes, Staff Writer

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Yuri Kochiyama was an American activist born on May 19. 1921 in San Pedro California, and passed away on June 1, 2014 in Berkeley, California (aged 93). Throughout her life she contributed to the society in many ways, it all started when she met Malcolm Xand joined his pan-Africanist Organization of Afro-American Unity. She was also there to hold him when he was assassinated.

She became a mentor during the Vietnam War protests, and advocated reparations for African Americans. She taught English to immigrant students, and volunteered at soup kitchens and homeless shelters in New York City.

During her time, Kochiyama fought for the rights of not only Asian people, but blacks and the working class. Kochiyama did everything she could to help and make a difference in her community and this is why she was such an impact not only for herself but also found her calling and made an impact in the lives of many families.

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