AABANY Co-Sponsors NYC Premiere of Vietnamese Fishermen v. Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Reenactment
05/11/2016 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP 200 Liberty Street New York United States
Please join us for The Vietnamese Fishermen v. The Ku Klux Klan
In the 1970s, after the fall of Saigon, thousands of Vietnamese fled their country. Many emigrated to the United States, where they found opportunity shrimping and fishing in the waters of the Gulf Coast. There, they thrived, despite long odds and difficult conditions. Some American shrimpers took offense. They called in the Ku Klux Klan. The Klan sponsored a rally with a cross-burning to protest the Vietnamese presence, and patrolled the waters in a boat carrying hooded and armed Klansmen. Several Vietnamese shrimp boats were set on fire. In 1981, a group of Vietnamese fishermen sued the Klan in federal court in Houston, seeking an injunction to stop the Klan’s campaign of violence and intimidation.
This presentation by members of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, including Cadwalader attorneys and the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, will tell the story of the Vietnamese Fishermen and the Ku Klux Klan, through narration, reenactment of court proceedings, and historic photographs. For this presentation, we will be joined by the lead trial attorney for the Fishermen, Morris Dees, Esq., of the Southern Poverty Law Center.