The Momentous Berkeley Free Speech Movement Of 1964

By Kellar Ellsworth
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The Berkeley Free Speech Movement of the 1960s arose in response to restrictions enacted by the University of California, Berkeley. Those restrictions included receiving political donations unless the student was a member of either the Democratic or Republican school clubs. When Jack Weinberg was arrested on October 1, 1964, while collecting donations for Civil Rights groups, 300 students surrounded the police car and set off a chain of events that inspired or riled up the entire nation. What followed led to a nationwide debate regarding free speech and amplified the power and importance of peaceful protests.