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Berkeley 1964: A Communist Helps Save Free Speech

In 1964 students at UC Berkeley fight for the right to pass out political information and raise money on campus. One leader was the daughter of Communist parents, and a Communist herself, Bettina Aptheker. The protest was unplanned and resulted in an iconic speech.

“It was a conservative moment in the sense that it was trying to conserve the First Amendment,” said Aptheker.

Watch the video above to hear more from Aptheker on how children of the 50s helped spark a movement.

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