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Ansel Adams, Entrance to Manzanar, Manzanar Relocation Center, 1943. Gelatin silver photographic print. Gift; Ansel Adams; 1965-1968. Manzanar War Relocation Center photographs. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Grant Funding Available from the California State Library’s Civil Liberties Program

The California State Library has announced another round of funding for the California Civil Liberties Public Education program, whose purpose is to ensure that the events surrounding the exclusion, forced removal, and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II are remembered so that they are never repeated against any American.

The program’s purpose is to educate the public about civil liberties injustices carried out against various communities and individuals in the past as well as today. Projects may provide information about civil liberties injustices perpetrated based on an individual’s race, national origin, immigration status, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, as well as the forced internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

The guidelines, application links and other vital information about the Civil Liberties program are on the California Civil Liberties program website. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations and local and state government agencies. Grant requests for up to $100,000 can be made for large-scale preservation, public media or educational projects. Community projects have a maximum grant request of $30,000. The deadline is February 24, 2020.

The State Library created a tool simulating the experience of forced relocation and imprisonment during World War II at internmentexperience.library.ca.gov. A list of educational projects funded from the California Civil Liberties program since 2016 is available under the “Recent California Civil Liberties Projects” tab on the California Civil Liberties page. Teachers and students may use the K-12 Online Resources Project (Britannica, TeachingBooks and ProQuest) for further research and teaching on civil liberties and related subjects.

Questions about the Civil Liberties program for potential applicants can be directed to Mary Beth Barber, Special Projects and Assistant to the State Librarian, at 916-323-9758 or Marybeth.barber@library.ca.gov.

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