Fifty years ago, on May 13, 1960, thousands of students from SF State, UC Berkeley, Stanford and other local campuses and high schools converged on San Francisco City Hall to protest the hearings being held by The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). In a dramatic confrontation, 64 were arrested after being washed down the rotunda staircase with firehoses. HUAC was discredited and the 60s were launched throughout the country on campuses and elsewhere. The silent 50s were over.
On May 13, 2010, at noon, in the San Francisco City Hall Rotunda, we will again remember and celebrate this historic tipping point with appearances by original protesters, with speeches, and music. Hear original arrestees, protesters, subpoenaed witnesses, and students from today's campuses. Folksinger, Barbara Dane, will sing some of the songs that rocked City Hall in 1960.