Dear community,

Fifty years ago, UC Berkeley students, galvanized by revolutionary struggles in the US and around the world, created a multiracial coalition, the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF). Fifty years later, TWLF has continuously served as a framework for generations of activism on campus and beyond. From April 24th – April 27th, the TWLF movement will be celebrated and discussed in a series of events entitled ‘Seeds of Resistance, Flowers of Liberation: Voices from 50 years of Students of Color Activism at UC Berkeley.’

Anniversary Schedule:

Wed., April 24, 5-8pm: Whose University? Exhibit Reception @ Ethnic Studies Library and Morrison Reading Room

Th., April 25, 9am-4pm: Celebrating Community Engaged Scholarship Across Generations @ Anna Head Alumnae Hall

Fri., April 26, 12-8pm: Voices from 50 Years of Student of Color Activism @ 112 Wurster Hall

Sat., April, 12-8pm: All Power to the People @ Sylvia Mendez Elementary School

​Meals will be provided during all of these events. Please sign-up for meals here.

We invite you to attend any and all of these anniversary events! All events are free and open to the public, and you are welcome to come and go throughout the conference. For more information, please visit https://americancultures.berkeley.edu/collaborate/twlf-50th-anniversary.

If you would like a representative from the TWLF 50th Anniversary planning committee to share more information with your communities, please feel free to send a request to twlf-50@berkeley.edu.

In solidarity,

The TWLF 50th Anniversary Planning Committee

 

Event Information

Whose University? The 50th Anniversary of the UC Berkeley Third World Liberation Front Strike

  April 24, 5-8pm

​Ethnic Studies Library​ and Morrison Reading Room

For any questions, please e-mail shj@berkeley.edu.

This exhibit shows this history through archives from the Ethnic Studies Library and Bancroft Library and photographs by Stephen Shames and Ilka Hartmann. All locations are wheelchair accessible. Seating will be available. Light refreshments will be provided.

Celebrating Community Engaged Scholarship Across Generations

April 25, 9am-4pm

Anna Head Alumnae Hall

On April 25, 1989, UC Berkeley adopted the ground-breaking American Cultures (AC) undergraduate education requirement thanks to years of student and faculty protest and campaigning. Thirty years later, we celebrate this curricular innovation in light of the TWLF 50th Anniversary.  This day will feature panel discussions on the current state of political education, activist scholarship, and the arts.

For any questions, please email twlf-50@berkeley.edu

Voices from 50 Years of Student of Color Activism

April 26th, 12pm-8pm

112 Wurster Hall

Featuring: Presentations & Conversations with 1969 TWLF Student Strikers, the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center, OUSD Ethnic Studies Educators, Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions organizers from South Africa to Palestine

Keynote Address: Dr. LaNada War Jack – Colonization Battlefield: A Native American Historical and Personal Account of Oppression, Survival, and Resistance

For any questions, please email twlf-50@berkeley.edu

All Power to the People

April 27, 12pm-8pm

Sylvia Mendez Elementary School

Please join us for a day of inter-generational dialogues featuring 1969 TWLF Student Strikers and Ethnic Studies students and educators working in K-12 schools, universities and prisons.

Keynote Address with Corrina Gould – Ohlone Activist and co-founder of the Sogorea Te Land Trust

For any questions, please email twlf-50@berkeley.edu