Minoru Yasui has been posthumously awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Business Award in Denver, Colorado. Along with six other recipients, Yasui is being recognized for “exemplary social responsibility in adherence with the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Clarence Low, president and CEO of the Asian Chamber of Commerce, was instrumental in the nomination of Yasui for the award, and says, “I am honored to have presented Mr. Yasui’s work and legacy to the committee, and am so proud of his recognition.” Reflecting on Yasui’s own words, “We are born into this world for a purpose, and that is to make it a better place.”
The award will be presented at the annual Martin Luther King banquet on January 15, 2016 in Denver. Robin Yasui, Minoru Yasui’s niece will accept the award on behalf of the family. Robin is organizing a celebration for the 100th anniversary of her uncle’s birth in October, 2016.
“This Award is a wonderful way to start the centennial year,” says Robin. “Minoru Yasui spent his life fighting for the protection of constitutional rights for all Americans. Although he is best known for his work righting the wrongs suffered by Japanese American citizens during World War II, he spent 40 years in Denver fighting for the civil rights of all Americans, regardless of race, creed or color. We are so honored that his work is being recognized with this award.”