When in Berkeley?

Photo: Bancroft Library

Instead of Where in Berkeley? this week we have When in Berkeley? Can anyone identify what is happening in the photo and when it took place?

Answer: That is Mario Savio giving a talk on Nov. 9, 1964, about a month after he first came to widespread recognition for leading a 32-hour sit in protesting the arrest of Jack Weinberg in Sproul Plaza. Kudos to Kkhunziker for guessing 1965.

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  • Guest

    Ain’t that Mario Savio on the police car in Sproul Plaza: 1965? ( not sure of year)

  • Kkhunziker

    Mario Savio on the police car! December 1964?

  • Frances Dinkelspiel

     Yes, it is Mario Savio, but it is not 1965.

  • Frances Dinkelspiel

     Correct enough! The date in the photo is Nov. 9, 1964, which is a little over a month from the famous Oct. 1, 1964 sit in where Savio first stood on top of a police car that held Jack Weinberg in Sproul Plaza. But Kkunziker, you got enough detail to be declared this week’s winner! Congrats.

  • citizenstx

    Too easy!

  • Alice Kahn

    And by December 2, 1964 it was: There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!

  • Frances Dinkelspiel

     Next time I’ll make it harder

  • SarahS

    I was there. Sigh. What it is to live through (and participate in) revolutionary times and find yourself 48 years later in a country sliding toward fascism! Those of us heavily involved in the early anti-war efforts and the liberation struggles had such hope back in the mid-to-late ’60s.. We could never imagined it would come to this: democracy destroyed and our children facing such a bleak future.

  • Pdweiler

    For those who’ve maybe forgotten, or never fully appreciated, it’s well worth a little stroll through YouTube clips of Savio and other things that leads to.