It was an era of political and cultural turbulence, but how much can
today's activists learn from it?
17 Nov 2010
The 1960s were an era of political and cultural turbulence which saw
the explosion of reform ovements n civil rights, environmentalism and
anti-war activism. Half a century later, the legacies of that decade
ring true for those disillusioned by modern-day government power and
continued social injustice.
Across Europe, recent protests over tuition fees and government
austerity measures are becoming increasingly heated and reminiscent
of the 1968 student demonstrations that threatened to topple governments.
On Tuesday's Riz Khan show, we ask: How much did the sixties set the
foundation for progressive reform, and what can today's organisers
learn from the era?
Riz speaks to American activist and writer Tom Hayden, who in 1962
penned The Port Huron Statement, a work considered by many as the
founding document of 1960s student movement. Also joining the
programme is former British Labour MP Kim Howells, a former student
activist who led his peers in the 1968 student takeover of the
Hornsey College of Art.
You can join the conversation. Call in with your questions and
comments at our live time of 1630 GMT. Repeats air at 2130 GMT, and
the next day at 0130 GMT.