In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the JACL will bring together a panel of speakers who will unravel the rich history of baseball, and consider its significance for those who were wrongfully incarcerated during WWII. The extraordinary lessons that resulted from that time will be examined in order to understand how diversity within the sport can be better fostered today. Speakers, ranging from historians to advocates, will highlight the contributions of Japanese-American players and celebrate the mark that they left on the American Pastime.
- Saki Mori (Keynote Speaker) - JACL National Board Member, Interim President of JACL New York Chapter, and Alumnae Board and Council Member for Convent of Sacred Heart, NYC.
- Bill Staples Jr. (Moderator) - Historian, Author, Civil Rights Activist, Board Member of the Non-Profit Nisei Baseball Research Project (NBRP), and JACL Arizona Chapter President.
- Don Wakamatsu (Panelist) - Former Professional Baseball Player, Scout, Coach, and Manager.
- Kerry Yo Nakagawa (Panelist) - Author, Filmmaker, Historian, and Director of NBRP.
- Brandon Zenimura (Panelist) - Educator, Former Collegiate Player, Former High School Baseball Coach, and Great-Grandson of Kenichi Zenimura.