Bay Area Poets Celebrate the Spirit of the 1968 Strike

San Francisco Public Library - General Collections & Humanities Center
Sunday, March 24, 2019

From November 6, 1968 until March 20, 1969, hundreds of protesting San Francisco State College students, faculty, and staff went on strike to demand equal access to public higher education, the hiring of senior faculty of color, and a revised curriculum that would embrace the histories and cultures of all people, including ethnic minorities. The efforts of these activists led to the creation of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State.

Come hear a stellar roster of Bay Area poets, including SF State strikers, express solidarity with the spirit of the Strike, as the poets take us along on their journey to experience the depth and beauty of all cultures and to end racism in America.

Val Ibarra (aka Global Val) of KPFA’s Mutiny Radio will emcee this program.

Featured readers include: Tongo Eisen-Martin, Q.R. Hand, Judy Juanita, Avotcja, Genny Lim, Kitty Tsui, Alejandro Murgia, Aja Couchois Duncan, Leslie Simon, Gary Goch, and Ernie Brill.

Related exhibit: Strike! Ethnic Studies Now, on view March 23—June 20, 3rd Floor, Main Library. This exhibit explores the events leading up to the strike, the campus strike and the need and enduring legacy of Ethnic Studies.

Event Location : 
100 Larkin Street, SF