Gathering marks UCSD student activism of 1960s

A 40-year commemoration of the days when student activists attempted to name the new third college on the UCSD campus as “Lumumba-Zapata College” will be held at 6 p.m. April 24 in the Cross-Cultural Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

A number of former faculty members and students, all key players in the 1969 event when activists demanded that the college be named after Congolese revolutionary Patrice Lumumba and Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, are expected to participate in the commemoration. It is part of the Cesar E. Chávez Recognition month.

Lumumba-Zapata College was never created--becoming Third and eventually Thurgood Marshall College.

Jorge Mariscal, professor of literature and chairman of the recognition planning committee, said, “The Lumumba-Zapata student demands foresaw many of the most pressing educational issues affecting communities of color that are still unresolved today.”

Among attendees will be former UCSD professor Arturo Madrid, who went on to become founding president of the Tomas Rivera Center, the nation’s first institute for policy studies on Latino issues, and director of the Ford Foundation’s Graduate Fellowships Program.

Also expected is UCSD associate vice chancellor and attorney Maria Blanco, who will be among former student activists and original Third College staff attending.