April 30, 1998 |
Embracing a tumultuous time in its history, UC Berkeley announced Wednesday that it has accepted a $3.5-million gift enshrining the Free Speech Movement that ushered in an era of student protests. The university that once arrested and kicked out movement leader Mario Savio will use the money to set up a book fund in his name, computerize its archives of student protests and build a Free Speech Movement Cafe.
December 22, 1996
In an addendum to your fine article about Mario Savio ("A Voice That Touched a Nation," Dec. 10), it should be noted that the University of California in a very extraordinary gesture has sent a letter of condolence to Savio's widow. In 1964 the UC regents approved of teargassing, arresting and finally suspending Savio because of his protest against the restrictions of students' rights on the campus. Last week, the current Board of Regents in an attempt to redress these mistakes of 1964 typified the greatness of the university by publicly acknowledging Savio's contribution to free speech.
December 10, 1996 |
There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part, you can't even tacitly take part, and you've got to put your bodies on the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machines will be prevented from working at all. --Mario Savio, Berkeley, Dec.
December 9, 1996 |
More than a thousand people gathered at the UC Berkeley campus Sunday to remember the late activist Mario Savio, leader of the campus' 1960s Free Speech Movement. Savio, who would have turned 54 on Sunday, died in a Sebastopol hospital Nov. 6 after suffering heart failure. In an emotional memorial highlighted by moments of humor, friends and family remembered a man who boldly climbed atop a police car in 1964 to blast a university policy banning political activity on campus.
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November 12, 1996 |
Who was Mario Savio?" my teenage son asked. "Somebody from the '60s?" Yes, and it's OK to not recognize the name; that was Savio's intention. No campus activist of that era more deserved the notice of the media, and no one ran from it so hard and so fast. At first, fame was unavoidable. In 1964, the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley launched a decade of youthful rebellion.