Date of Award

May 2014

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


African American Studies


Herbert Ruffin


Activism, Asian American Movement, Berkeley, Black Power, Third World

Subject Categories

Social and Behavioral Sciences


The San Francisco Bay Area emerged as radical space for student and youth driven activism during the 1960s. The area was the birthplace of Ethnic studies and a key organization of the Black Power era--the Black Panther Party. This work uncovers the shared activist centered relationship between African Americans and Asian Americans by interrogating how members of the Asian American Political Alliance (AAPA) and the Black Panther Party (BPP) worked within the frameworks of grassroots and collective activism to address local and Third World liberation. Furthermore, this work seeks to bring forth and provide a space for the suppressed voices of women within the BPP and APPA, as it is through their narratives that collective activism between African Americans and Asian Americans is illustrated.


Open Access