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Graying activists return to Berkeley to mark '64 free speech protests
Graying activists return to Berkeley to mark '64 free speech protests

Fifty years ago, Jack Weinberg was the first to be arrested in an unprecedented student protest over free speech restrictions on the UC Berkeley campus. Thousands of demonstrators surrounded the police car in which Weinberg was detained for 32 hours. Subsequent protests went on for months. While UC authorities had hoped for a quick return to order, a seminal youth rebellion — the Free Speech Movement — was born on Sproul Plaza instead. Historians say its national influence persists through decades of political activism, on and off college campuses. This week, the university that once sought to censor Weinberg and other leaders of that movement is welcoming them back as heroes...

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