UC Berkeley Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Free Speech Movement

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Fifty years ago this fall, students at UC Berkeley started protesting restrictions on campus political activity and debate. The Free Speech Movement gained international attention and helped pave the way for the anti-war and civil rights movements, as well as for the election of Ronald Reagan as governor of California. Forum talks to veterans of the movement about its history and legacy.


Jackie Goldberg, former California assemblywoman and veteran of the Free Speech Movement. She currently works with UCLA to prepare secondary teachers to teach in urban schools.

Lynne Hollander Savio, veteran of Berkeley's Free Speech Movement and wife of the late Mario Savio; associate producer of "FSM," a new play by Oakland's Stagebridge Theater.

Robert Cohen, professor of history and social studies at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Author of "Freedom's Orator: Mario Savio and the Radical Legacy of the 1960's" and "The Free Speech Movement: Reflections on Berkeley in the 1960s."

Jack Weinberg, one of the leaders of the Free Speech Movement; currently an environmental activist working on toxics issues