“The Free Speech Movement was the first revolt of the 1960s to bring to a college campus the mass civil disobedience tactics pioneered in the civil rights movement,” wrote Robert Cohen in “Freedom’s Orator,” his book on movement leader Mario Savio. “Those tactics, most notably the sit-in, would give students unprecedented leverage to make demands on university administrators, setting the stage for mass student protests against the Vietnam War.”
It was the time of the Beatles, and the press for freedom of political expression on campus spread to other universities and led directly to the mass protests against the Vietnam War. The ideals and spirit live on at Berkeley. Take a look at our interactive visual timeline of photos and videos, which tell the story.
Bob Johnson photo. ©FSM Archives All rights reserved. Nov. 20, 1964 March to Regent’s Meeting.
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