#FSM50 film brings together global voices to recall words of inspiration

Mario Savio

“It has remained for me a brilliant moment when, as a friend put it, we were both moral and successful.”
– Mario Savio

Martin Luther King Jr.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther King

“Through non-violence, courage displaces fear; love transforms hate. Acceptance dissipates prejudice; hope ends despair. Peace dominates war; faith reconciles doubt. Mutual regard cancels enmity. Justice for all overthrows injustice. The redemptive community supercedes systems of gross social immorality.”
– Reverend James Lawson, called “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world” by Martin Luther King

Mahatma Gandhi

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”
– Mohandas ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi

Veterans reflect on the Free Speech Movement

Gar Smith, student: “I saw nonviolence as the ultimate expression of heroism. That squad car became my Greensboro lunch counter and the FSM became my civil rights campaign.”

Leon Litwack, historian: “Without the Civil Rights Movement, we wouldn’t have had the Free Speech Movement. 1964 is the year the ‘60s caught fire.”

Lynne Hollander Savio, student: “The excitement, the exhilaration of the semester brightened our college days, while giving us an incomparable and enduring political and civic education.”

Bettina Aptheker, student: “We call ourselves ‘veterans,’ not of a war but of a movement. Regulations governing freedom of speech changed on virtually every campus in the country.”

1964 Free Speech at UC Berkeley

Bob Johnson photo. ©FSM Archives All rights reserved. Nov. 20, 1964 March to Regent’s Meeting.