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Six Weeks in Spring Oral History Project:
Managing Protest at a Public University

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Photo of UC Berkeley Student Protest Spring of 1985 Photo by Alice WattUC Berkeley South Africa Divestment Student Protest in front of Sproul Hall, Spring of 1985
Photo courtesy of Alice Watt

For six weeks during the spring of 1985 UC Berkeley saw huge protests by thousands pushing for University of California divestment of financial holdings in companies doing business with South Africa. In these interviews, Chancellor Heyman and many of his staff tell how the campus administration handled the anti-apartheid sit-ins, sleep-ins, and other forms of protest that took place during April and May of 1985.

Special thanks to volunteers Mary Lavender and Mark Westlye for their extensive work in helping bring this project online.


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