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His citation read:

Albert W. Palmer (1879-1954). A minister in Hawaii from 1917 to 1924, he stood in opposition to racial bigotry and injustice on numerous occasions, notably in the 1920 plantation strike. In that bitter dispute, he headed a committee of Caucasians and Japanese that sought to remove race and possible loyalty to Japan as issues so the focus could return to wages and working conditions. He also opposed curtailment of the Japanese language press, arguing it was vital to improved understanding and a peaceful community.94

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