In 1962, an undergraduate at the University of Michigan named Tom Hayden drafted a document that would launch a decade of student protest and mass action for a more democratic society.
Five decades later, we assess its impact and enduring legacy.
The Port Huron Statements core message is timeless but not dogmatic: we all need participatory democracy.
The economic inequalities of our own day were anticipated even at the height of postwar affluence.
The 60s remain a prelude to the necessary fundamental changes to come.
Advances in student power have shaped the course of American higher education and the nation.
Like the signatories of the Port Huron Statement, the Occupiers need to expand beyond the narrower interests of their original members.
The Statement was nothing less than a proto-ideology for a New Left.
We cannot be free without being equal.
On the left we see a vacuum where traditional class-oriented populism used to be.
Only moral clarity will transform alienation and apathy into action.
The Statement was a clarion call for people to take control of key social institutions and of their own lives.