Today, ethnic studies is an accepted part of academia. Many if not most college students have taken a course or two. But 50 years ago, studying the history and culture of any people who were not white and Western was considered radical. Then came the longest student strike in U.S. history, at San Francisco State College, which changed everything.
The groundwork was laid for the strike a couple of years before, when black students organized to press for a black studies department and the admission of more black students.