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Donald R. Hopkins Transcript

Conducted by Lisa Rubens in 2000, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2014.

 
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Donald R. [Don] Hopkins graduated from Boalt School of Law and was the first African American assistant to the executive chancellor of Berkeley the year of FSM. He was in charge of student facilities, providing microphones for and thus coming to know well many FSM leaders. In this interview he discusses his family background in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the impact of the Tulsa race riots, his growing Black political consciousness, his interest in and assessment of the civil rights movement and his role in founding of the Afro-American Association in Berkeley with fellow Black law students. Escorting Martin Luther King, Jr., on the drive between the SF airport and the Berkeley campus, Hopkins urged King to come out publically against the war in Vietnam. Hopkins became US Representative Ron Dellum’s chief of staff.


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