The scientist who went to jail for your civil rights

This UC-SF professor was sentenced to nine months in prison for leading Auto Row demonstrations.
This UC-SF professor was sentenced to nine months in prison for leading Auto Row demonstrations.
With a medical degree, a Ph.D in pharmacology and an appointment as an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Thomas Nathaniel Burbridge didn’t have to worry about a job.
However, his generation of doctors felt compelled to heal America from the disease of racial discrimination. He followed in the footsteps of Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett, another M.D./Ph.D, as president of the San Francisco branch of the NAACP when the city was 12 percent African-American, but almost none of them employed in the largest companies.
With Wil Ussery and later Bill Bradley Jr. as chairs of the local Congress of Racial Equality, Burbridge took the courageous stand of civil disobedience on a mass level.
An 18-year-old Berkeley High School graduate rose out of the crowd to become the field marshall of the AdHoc Committee.
Students and Scholars Marching for Civil Rights: the 50th anniversary of the United San Francisco Freedom Movement describes the most successful economic civil rights campaign — achieving employment agreements with 600 employers in 1963 and 1964 before the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
It places the movement in the context of the ongoing freedom movement with origins in the Underground Railroad and labor organizing for the previous century.

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