A Discussion with Tom Hayden

Tom Hayden (1930-2016), civil rights and anti-war activist turned California lawmaker, spoke with California State Librarian Greg Lucas in June 2016. The conversation begins with his transformation from a political outsider in the South during the 1960s civil rights movement to his work reporting on Jerry Brown's gubernatorial campaign in 1974 for Rolling Stone magazine, his bid for U.S. senator from California in 1976, and subsequently his election to the California Assembly (1982-1992) and State Senate (1992-2000). Joining Hayden and Lucas in the interview is Larry Levin, longtime Hayden associate and retired communications director for state senator Loni Hancock. The video runs 71 minutes.

Video on the right: California State Librarian Greg Lucas chats with the late Tom Hayden about his start in the California political landscape in the 1960s and 1970s.

For more information on Tom Hayden's run for the U.S. Senate and his time in the California State Assembly and Senate, take a look at these two documents: