1964 September 16

Berkeley Bans Off-Campus Political Advocacy, Sets Stage for Free Speech Movement


On this day, the administration of the University of California, Berkeley, advised student organizations that advocacy of off-campus political activity would be prohibited on campus. The policy provoked the Free Speech Movement, the first significant student protest of the 1960s. See the two pivotal events in the Free Speech Movement: the arrest of Jack Weinberg on October 1, 1964, and Mario Savio’s famous speech denouncing “the system” on December 2, 1964.

Read: David Lance Goines, The Free Speech Movement: Coming of Age in the 1960s (1993)

Learn more; see the original documents from the Free Speech Movement: http://www.fsm-a.org/

Read the biography of Savio: Robert Cohen, Freedom’s Orator: Mario Savio and the Radical Legacy of the 1960s (2009)

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