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Virtual Pajama Party Program with Winifred Conkling and Sylvia Mendez

National Archives Museum

Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT


The National Archives will host a Virtual Pajama Party for kids aged 8–12. This semiannual program will focus on the book Sylvia and Aki, written by Winifred Conkling. Conkling presents a fictional account of the friendship between Sylvia Mendez and Aki Munemitsu, whose lives intersected during World War II. Mendez is Mexican–Puerto Rican and Munemitsu is Japanese American. Mendez’s family was the lead plaintiff in Mendez v. Westminster, a civil rights case that served as a precursor to Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KS. Munemitsu was relocated with her family during World War II to the Poston War Relocation Center in Arizona, while the Mendez family took over maintaining the Munemitsu family farm in Orange County, CA. Attendees will learn about the importance of civil rights and the value of friendship. This program is free to attend; registration is required.

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