Longtime activist Tom Hayden to speak at Oxy on the ’60s and the rise of Obama
By André Coleman 11/29/2012
Longtime political activist Tom Hayden will be speaking at 7p.m. tonight at Occidental College’s Weingart Hall in a presentation titled “From the 1960s to Barack Obama: What Now?”
“Tom Hayden is one of the most important public figures and activists in American history,” said Peter Dreier, professor of political science at Occidental and author of “The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame.”
Hayden is profiled in Dreier’s book, along with such historical figures as the Roosevelts — Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor — Ted Kennedy, folk singers Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall, Louis Brandeis, William O.
Douglas, and Earl Warren, feminists Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem, writer Studs Terkel, organizer Saul Alinsky, labor leader Cesar Chavez, boxer Muhammad Ali, rocker Bruce Springsteen, sports legend Jackie Robinson, slain San Francisco lawmaker Harvey Milk, social theorist Noam Chomsky, the Rev. James Lawson, poet and social activist Langston Hughes, civil rights pioneer W.E.B. DuBois, Albert Einstein and Martin Luther King Jr.
Hayden, Dreier said, “was a key leader in student and anti-war movement, and he has continued his activism ever since.”
A member of the state Assembly from 1982 to 1992 and the Senate from 1992 to 2000, Hayden, a onetime Democratic candidate for governor of California, was also a leader in the anti-war protests sparked by Vietnam and US military involvement in Central America, Iraq and Afghanistan.
“As an activist and elected official, Tom has been a voice of conscience about the environment, war and peace, corporate responsibility, sweatshops, and other issues,” Dreier said.
Occidental College is at 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles. Admission is free.