Clinton scheduled for internment camp conference

(April 22, 2004) — (Little Rock-AP) -- Organizers expect up to a thousand people to visit Little Rock for a conference on Arkansas' history as host to World War Two interment camps. Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to speak. Many Japanese-Americans held in Arkansas internment camps plan to revisit their turbulent past during the four-day September conference. The Conversation About Civil Rights and Social Justice is scheduled for September 23rd through 26th. Suburo Masada and his sister were sent from California to Jerome during the war. Masada plans to bring his 44-year-old daughter so she can see where they were and hear about the experience from others. The conference will feature a series of exhibits, lectures, and other events and will coincide with the 47th anniversary of President Eisenhower's decision to send federal troops to quell a desegregation crisis at Little Rock's Central High School. It will also conclude two years of intensive research on the largely neglected history of the Jerome and Rohwer camps in southeast Arkansas. Registration for the conference is under way. Among those tentatively scheduled to attend are former president Bill Clinton, Star Trek actor George Takei, U-S Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, and U-S Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta.