The civil rights revolution - complete with picket lines, sit-ins and mass arrests - came to San Francisco exactly 50 years ago.
Hundreds of people went to jail after huge demonstrations that started March 1, 1964, at the Sheraton-Palace Hotel. The protests moved later that spring to the Cadillac dealership on Van Ness Avenue, and spread that fall to UC Berkeley and other college campuses.
The issue was jobs - jobs for African Americans and other minorities who were shut out of the best jobs in what everyone thought was the most liberal city in the West.
"Did it make a difference? Sure it did," said Terence Hallinan, who, with three of his brothers, was arrested at the Palace Hotel. "It made a huge difference."
Hallinan, who became the district attorney of San Francisco, was a rank-and-file protester in an army of young people, mostly college students who picketed, sang, sat down and refused to move until the hotel finally agreed to hire more minorities in positions that gave them more responsibility than carrying guests' bags or cleaning their rooms...