Kiyoshi Kuromiya


Headshot of Kuromiya, courtesy of Critical Path AIDS Project, via NBC News.


Kiyoshi Kuromiya was a Japanese-American author and activist involved in a variety of different social movements throughout his life, as well as a close confidant of architect and technofuturist Buckminster Fuller. Kuromiya was born in 1943 at Heart Mountain Internment Camp in Wyoming, before moving to Monrovia, CA (where his family was originally from) in 1946. Kuromiya attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he became involved in Civil Rights activism as well as anti-war demonstrations. In 1969, he was a founding member of Philadelphia's Gay Liberation Front, and remained active in gay organizing in and around Philadelphia.

In 1989, Kuromiya founded the Critical Path AIDS Project, which provided both print and digital access to AIDS information and medical research, amongst other services. The Project was named after Fuller's 1981 book Critical Path, which Kuromiya collaborated on. As head of Critical Path, Kuromiya was a plaintiff in Reno V. ACLU, the case overturning the Communications Decency Act. In the final years of his life, Kuromiya's AIDS-related work expanded to advocating for legalizing medical marijuana for People With AIDS (PWAs). Kuromiya died a day after his 57th birthday, May 10, 2000, from cancer complications.


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