When They Were Young: Bernie Sanders, Campus Radical
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Because there is something about Democratic presidential contenders and Chicago politics.
By Sean Braswell
Bernie Sanders has had a long career as a Vermont politician, but the Brooklyn native got his start in politics farther west, as a campus activist at the University of Chicago in the early 1960s. There, the young Sanders worked for a meat-packers’ union, joined the Young People’s Socialist League and, like the current president, was an active organizer in his community, leading civil rights sit-ins on campus. He even attended the 1963 March on Washington, where he witnessed Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Here is what you need to know about how Chicago felt the Bern in the 1960s.
Video by Charlotte Buchen.