Students from campuses across US issue statement in support of free speech

May 3, 2017

Over the weekend, 25 students from about 20 colleges around the United States gathered at the University of Chicago in an effort to start a movement in defense of free speech on American campuses. “The Free Speech Movement began as an entirely student-led initiative,” says a statement issued by the group in reference to the University of California, Berkeley, movement of the 1960s. “However, free speech has been increasingly undermined by attempts of students and administrators alike to silence those with whom they disagree. We seek to reclaim that original tradition.” Inside Higher Ed has published the full text of the students’ first statement. Inside Higher Ed