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September 14, 2018 -- The year 1968 marked a seismic moment in U.S. history.

There were civil rights protests in Boston, Washington D.C. and Mexico City, and the Democratic National Convention in Chicago turned into a mass protest that ended in violence.

Before the year was out, Richard Nixon would defeat Huberrt Humphrey and become the 37th president of the United States.

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And through it all, Alan Seltzer, a leader of the student protest movement, was there as both witness and participant.

Seltzer will share his experiences when the Santa Monica Library presents "1968: A Personal Perspective -- From Going 'Clean for Gene' to Resistance" Tuesday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium.

"As a leader of the student protest movement, Seltzer took part in many events that changed him and the nation that year," organizers said.

"From going “Clean for Gene” by working in Eugene McCarthy’s presidential campaign to participating in anti-war and civil rights protests. . . he witnessed a key part of this country’s history."

The "Get Clean for Gene" slogan was adopted by McCarthy campaign volunteers, who shaved their beards and cut their hair to give them a clean look.

Seltzer will reflect on the 50th anniversaries of events from the "tumultuous year" and reflect on their influence in 2018.

The multi-media presentation is free and open to all ages. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis.

The Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 one week prior to event.

The Main Library is directly served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, R10, and 18. The Expo Line and other bus routes stop nearby.

Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.


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