The most recent Google Doodle commemorates Kiyoshi Kuromiya, a Japanese American campaigner for homosexual liberation and civil rights, as part of the company’s ongoing commemoration of Pride Month.
Despite his family’s residence being in California, Kiyoshi Kuromiya was born on May 9, 1943, in Wyoming. The United States interned people of Japanese heritage around the nation at the time due to the high levels of hostility between Japan and America. Kuromiya was therefore born within the confines of the Heart Mountain Concentration Camp.
Kuromiya, who had spent the majority of his life on the West Coast, relocated to the East Coast in order to attend the University of Pennsylvania beginning in 1961. Kuromiya felt compelled to participate as an activist there for both antiwar and human rights causes. The next year, he took part in a number of protest activities, including the Maryland diner sit-ins organized by the Congress for Racial Equality.
Kiyoshi Kuromiya had the honor of witnessing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech in 1963. Later, Kuromiya worked as one of King’s assistants.
At the first Annual Reminder, a yearly demonstration utilizing picket signs to remind the public of the rights that the LGBT community simply did not have, Kuromiya publicly came out as gay for the first time in 1965. Kiyoshi Kuromiya assisted in cofounding the Gay Liberation Front, a group created to assist males in coping with the isolation of having a different sexual identity, four years later, following the Stonewall Riots.
After that, Kuromiya carried on with his activist work for decades, raising public awareness of the AIDS crisis from the 1980s to the late 1990s. On May 10, 2000, Kiyoshi Kuromiya, at 57 years old, passed away from complications brought on by his cancer.
Check out the special Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation exhibit on Google Arts andamp; Culture for a more thorough look at Kuromiya’s life, which includes photos of the guy himself.
The Kiyoshi Kuromiya Google Doodle shows a building in the city with a mural of Kuromiya painted on it. A demonstration in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall is depicted in the vignette to the left, while on the right, a phone and the Progress Pride flag are displayed. What makes this day special to Google? On June 4, 2019, Kiyoshi Kuromiya was admitted into the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor.