Free Speech Movement

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The Free Speech Movement was a student-led protest that took place in the University of California, Berkeley, during the 1964-1965 academic year. The movement was a reaction against the university's ban on campus political activities. Students involved with the protest wanted the university to recognize the right of free speech. As a result of the movement, campus administration was removed and the University President at the time, Clark Kerr, was fired. It even contributed to the election of Ronald Reagan as the governor of California. During the movement, over 750 arrests were made. The leaders of the movement were Mario Savio, Michael Rossman, Brian Turner, Bettina Aptheker, Steve Weissman, Art Goldberg, and Jackie Goldberg.


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