Media Advisory

Campus memorial this Friday for Ronald Takaki, pioneer in race relations

Contact: Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations
(510) 643-7944

15 September 2009

ATTENTION: General assignment and minority affairs reporters and editors, and photo desks


A memorial gathering at the University of California, Berkeley, to celebrate the life and legacy of Ronald Takaki, professor emeritus of ethnic studies, who died on May 26 at age 70. Takaki was a preeminent scholar of U.S. race relations who taught the University of California systemís first black history course.


This Friday, Sept. 18, 1-3 p.m. A reception will follow from 3:30-5 p.m.


The memorial will be held at Chevron Auditorium, International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue (at Bancroft Way), Berkeley. The reception will be in the Ethnic Studies Library, Room 30, Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley. See campus map.


Speakers at the memorial event will include members of Takakiís family and of the UC Berkeley Department of Ethnic Studies, as well as popular UC Berkeley history professor emeritus Leon Litwack. There will also be a video remembrance of Takaki. Ukulele music and the hula will be performed in honor of Takakiís Hawaiian roots.


Obituaries for Ronald Takaki can be found online at: