On November 6th, 1968, students and faculty of San Francisco State University declared a strike in a confrontation with the school’s administration. This massive protest action was spearheaded by two student organizations—the Third World Liberation Front and the Black Student Union. The primary demand of the strikers was the establishment of a “Third World Studies” program, which would recognize Black Studies, Raza Studies, and other cultural studies as valid and valuable academic endeavors.
After months of protests, several workers unions, including the American Federation of Teachers, joined the strike in solidarity with the students and teachers. The campus strike, which lasted five months, stands as the longest campus strike in history. This protest movement eventually led to the establishment of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State. To this day, it is only the College of Ethnic Studies in the world.
SOURCE: “Activist State” documentary by Jonathan Craig (2009)