*Strike! Ethnic Studies Now

Event detail

After a months-long student-led strike fifty years ago, the country's first College of Ethnic Studies opened at San Francisco State University. The Black Student Union and a coalition of student groups called the Third World Liberation Front led the movement for culturally relevant education and hiring of more faculty of color. Their protest galvanized the local community and made national news.

Since then, colleges and universities across the country have opened Ethnic Studies Departments and California is currently developing a model curriculum for high school. This exhibit explores the events leading up to the strike, the campus strike and the need and enduring legacy of Ethnic Studies.

Related Programs:

The SF State Student Strike of 1968: Bay Area Poets Celebrate the Spirit of the 1968 Strike, Sunday, March 24, 2019, 1:00–4:00 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Community Rooms A & B, Main Library, Lower Level. A stellar roster of Bay Area poets, including SF State strikers, expresses solidarity with the spirit of the Strike, taking us along on their journey to experience the depth and beauty of all cultures and to end racism in America.

Keeping It Alive: Black/Africana Studies at 50, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 6:00 p.m., Koret Audtorium, Main Library, Lower Level.

APIAs Waking Up! Jump into Action: Commemorating 50 Years of Asian American Studies, Sunday, April 28, 2019, 12:00 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Community Rooms A & B, Main Library, Lower Level.

*Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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