We had been watching a documentary on the activism in the 1960′s relating to poverty, labor relations and the Vietnam War.
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We had been watching a documentary on the activism in the 1960′s relating to poverty, labor relations and the Vietnam War. The Berkeley students that participated in the Sheraton Palace Hotel Demonstration in 1964 caught our attention because they did not look like our mental picture of an activist or protestor in the 1960′s. We started to realize that our impressions of this time were starting to become general as opposed to specific. Many were dressed in ties, jackets, and preppy skirts and sweaters. Compared to the élan of the black panthers or later protest attire of anti-war radicals they looked part of the establishment. Since We both work on college campuses, we started to look at activists and realized, like the past there is no one discernible look, so we created a bit of a mash-up of the 1964 Preppy Activist, militant anti war activist and college recruiting poster. In the future we want to make a similar project with some of our male students.