College: University of California, Berkeley
City: Berkeley, CA
Date: Late 1960s
Number Of People Involved: Thousands

Some say the Berkeley Riots of the 1960s paved the way for the more famous campus protests that ensued. Spurred by the free speech, civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements, the riots encompassed a number of student activist protests. Events like "Stop the Draft Week" and the Vietnam Day March fall under the umbrella. In one incident, the Sheraton Palace Demonstration, nearly 4,000 occupied a hotel that engaged in racially discriminatory hiring practices, demanding that black individuals have access to executive positions. Strength in numbers, indeed.