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"Coming from hardscrabble, segregated east Texas, I know that if it weren't for my one big break -- getting into San Francisco State College on a trial basis -- I wouldn't have been able to make much of myself, let alone scale the heights of the legal and political worlds.”

Former Mayor of San Francisco Willie L. Brown, Jr. (B.A., '55), urging state leaders not to cut funding for higher education, San Francisco Chronicle Op-Ed, June 23, 2008


"The appreciation for [Jackie] Robinson wouldn't have been what it is.” The book "put him in the right firmament.”

Richard Zitrin on work of the late Professor of History Jules Tygiel to ensure Robinson's place in history as a civil rights leader and baseball player, San Francisco Chronicle obituary, July 3, 2008


"We think in just the last couple of decades, 20 years, we've lost hundreds of species. They've gone extinct.”

Assistant Professor of Biology Vance T. Vredenburg discussing an emerging infectious disease killing amphibians at an alarming rate, CNN's "Planet in Peril,” Aug. 14, 2008


"She came way before César Chávez, way before Dolores Huerta, way before Martin Luther King, Jr., way before the civil rights movement. She was a woman people attempted to write out of history. We're writing her back in.”

Author Carmen Tafolla on alumna Emma Tenayuca, the 1930s-era organizer who led 12,000 pecan shellers in a strike for fair pay, National Catholic Reporter, Aug. 22, 2008


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