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Student Activism: History

Historical Sources

This page includes a variety of historical sources relating to the Third World Liberation Front Strikes at San Francisco State and UC Berkeley. These events set the stage for what happened at SMCCD in 1970.

You can recommend a source! Email me at <silversharpj@smccd.edu>.

Films


Black Panther
14 minutes

This is the film the Black Panthers used to promote their cause. Shot in 1969, in Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento, this exemplar of 1960s activist filmmaking traces the development of the Black Panther organization. In an interview from jail, Minister of Defense Huey P. Newton describes the origins of the Panther Party, Eldridge Cleaver explains the Panthers' appeal to the Black community, and Chairman Bobby Seale enumerates the Panther 10-Point Program as Panthers march and demonstrate.

San Francisco State: On Strike
20 minutes

Ethnic studies courses are common today, but that hasn't always been the case. In many ways, multicultural education can be traced back to San Francisco in 1968-1969. In one of the most high-profile student actions of the 1960s, students at San Francisco State University went on strike, shutting down the campus for six months. University president S.I. Hayakawa called in the police, who busted heads and arrested hundreds in an attempt to restore control of the campus. But the strike didn't end until the school acceded to student demands and created the first ethnic studies department at an American university. This film, shot by the students and their allies, is a classic primary source document of the 1960s.

Books & E-Books

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Historical Newspapers

Articles