Berkeley Sit-ins 1964

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  • Massive sit-ins were a big part of the efforts being made. The students were trying to achieve their freedom of speech. They felt their liberties were being taken away from them so they were fighting for them back. The movement was to open up dialogue to allow political discussions to occur without backlash. While they may have achieved some of that, it can still be seen today with many protests still occurring at this university shutting down political speakers and therefore going against freedom of speech. 
  • Also hosting forums to discuss what was happening. They also would hand out pamphlets to let others get information about it. Across the nation on college campuses similar things were happening, as it was a big time for political movements. Student Activists at the University were heavily involved with the movement. First they had created a campus political party titled SLATE, and began raising money and spreading flyers for the Civil RightsMovement. The official leader of the movement was a Graduate Student Mario Savio. The other members were all University students at the time. 
  • Several events seemed to spark the movement, mostly beginning with the civil rights movement and several of the student’s involvement with that. They then carried on into the university, where the Dean had put a strict enforcement out on political activity and bringing in outside speakers to an area that he considered campus but at the time no one recognized it as such. 
  • The leaders showed great organization and marketing. They were able to spread the word to gather over 3000 students in one location. This showed great leadership to get so many people to follow into a protest like this.
  • Growing from a small political party to a social movement took lots of time and persistence on the leaders of this campaign. This showed they truly believed in what they were fighting for and would not give up despite the many obstacles.
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