Berkeley Things to Do Tips by RedEaredPanda
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Cirlce of Freedom at UC Berkeley, California
On the grounds of University of California of Berkeley, I believe on Sproul Plaza, there exists a circle called the "Circle of Freedom". a 3 feet diameter of earth within which nothing is unlawful and and anything is permitted..
This picture was taken in December of 1996, a demonstration held to mourn the loss of Mario Savio, the leader of the free speech movement during the hippie movement and the Vietnam anti-war times.. One of Mario Savio's famous moments came when he mounted the roof of a police car to defend free speech on UC Berkeley Campus..
The naked women holding hands and going around the "Cirlce of Freedom" were students of UC Berkeley during the times of Mario Savio..
Directions: University of California, Berkeley Campus passed the sather gates on the ground!!
A shot of Telegraph Ave in Berkeley
Telegraph Ave in Berkeley has a special place in the history of the city and the hippie movement in 1960's along with its connection to the people's park. At the end of the street is the University of California, Berkeley's campus hence the street is a commute for many students as they make their way to class or to one of many coffee shops in Berkeley to get some reading done. The Closer you get to the university on Telegraph ave, the more you see street vendors on each side of the street selling merchandise. Items sold range from Artist's own art such as drawings, photographs, T-shirts with 70's designs, etc.. There are many vendors selling silver jewelry along with local arts, bumper stickers and even a little stall where they sell books on how to grow your own marijuana..
It is a very interesting street to walk and observe and maybe even purchase a local art to remind you of the craziness about Telegraph Ave and its locals.. There are famous second hand book vendors such as Moe's Books or Cody's Books on Telegraph Ave.. There are also many inexpensive food vendors on both sides of the street obviously geared towards students but never the less, some have good food.. I will include a few of my favorites in the restaurants section..
A definite must for the tourist for the first time visiting Berkeley.
Address: Telegraph Ave in Berkeley
Segment on People's Park Wall
To get a history of people's park in Berkeley, please see my main page on Berkeley.
The Wall with the history of People's park in Berkeley drawn as events is exactly next to people's park ( I forgot which street but crossing Telegraph Ave). It is a very interesting wall and I would recommend every tourist to visit this wall.
I have taken pictures of parts of the wall showing different events in history over time and you can check them out in the Berkeley travelougue.
Address: Street crossing Telegraph Ave by People's Park
Circle of Freedom at UC Berkeley
Here is a closer look at the Cirlce of Freedom on University of California, Berkeley campus. The circle is said to be protected and free and nothing is unlawful and everything is permitted on the 3 feet diameter of the ground.
This picture was taken by me when I was a student at UC Berkeley in 1990's. The circle is worth a visit when you're in Berkeley and would like to be a part of history of the Free Speech Movement and the Political days of Berkeley in California.
Directions: On UC Berkeley Campus passed the sather gates on the ground infront of the sproul plaza steps.
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