#LongLiveYuri Yuri Kochiyama (May 19, 1921 – June 1, 2014) Yuri on meeting Malcolm x for the first time and shaking his hand. Yuri Kochiyama was a political activist. Influenced by her family's internment and her association with Malcolm X, she advocated for many causes, including Black separatism, the anti-war movement, Maoist revolution, reparations for Japanese-American internees, and the rights of people imprisoned by the U.S. government for violent offenses whom she considered to be "political prisoners,
In 1992, Yuri along with founding chairman Herman Ferguson, just released from prison, Jean Reynolds,
Butch Gladstone and Earl Grant, both of whom had left the Nation with Malcolm, were five of Malcolm’s
comrades who formed MXCC to challenge the unprecedented commoditization and commercialization of
Malcolm's legacy of that time. In the early days of MXCC's Malcolm X "In the Classroom" project, Yuri was
its humble star. Well known for her staunch comradeship with the Black Liberation struggle, Yuri became a
citizen of the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika, but was also well-known and revered
in most all social justice circles. She was a fixture at Movement rallies and actions.
Living in New York City's Harlem community was integral to shaping Yuri’s work, searing analysis and
dedicated internationalism. Yuri pushed the Peace Movement into high gear recognizing the need to battle
the intersections of race, class, gender, capitalist,imperialist and colonial oppression both nationally and
internationally. She was at the struggles of the 1950s and early '60s that bloomed into the anti-Vietnam
War struggle of the late 60s. The common thread through all these struggles rests in Yuri's uncanny ability
to engage and connect with young people and provide deep meaning to the various struggles for justice.
Yuri's political development included meeting a tall young Black revolutionary firebrand named Malcolm X.
She followed his work closely! Malcolm in turn admired and respected Yuri for her commitment to
revolutionary politics and was influenced by her internationalism.