May 1970 Peace Memorial


May 1970 Peace Memorial


A memorial to honor student activism for peace was recently unveiled at Revelle College. The idea for the memorial was spurred by a group of students in Thurgood Marshall College’s Dimensions of Culture (DOC) program after they learned about the history of UC San Diego student activism during the Vietnam War. . . . Sentiments against the war exploded after the invasion of Cambodia at the end of April 1970. . . . George Winne, Jr., a graduating senior in history, chose to self-immolate in Revelle Plaza on May 10.

“My discussions with students about these events taught me that it's crucial to have a site of memory like the May 1970 Peace Memorial,” [Ph.D. student in the department of literature and a DOC teaching assistant Niall Twohig] said. “These sites remind us of the desires that connect individuals and communities across time and across space. They remind us that we can’t bury that history, and that we have to continually confront it as a community.”

An inscription on the memorial reads “For George Winne, Jr., the student activists of May 1970, and all those who continue the struggle for a peaceful world” (Clark, 2014).


Clark, C. (2014, February 6). New campus memorial honors protestors for peace. This Week @ UC San Diego. Retrieved from
Image: Clark, C. (2014, February 6). New Campus Memorial Honors Protestors for Peace. This Week @ UC San Diego. Retrieved from






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