free speechThe first of this month marked the 47th anniversary of Berkeley’s very own Free Speech Movement.

It started back in 1964 when a graduate student named Jack Weinberg declined to show his identification to campus police while sitting at a booth for the Congress of Racial Equality. As a consequence of his refusal, Weinberg was arrested, sparking the famous movement.

The Free Speech Movement spread nationwide in, hopes of eliminating the rules against political action on college campuses. Today, there is a steel ring encircling a hole on Sproul Plaza to pay respect to the historic event.   read more »