The manifesto called for democratic reform that would include everyone and in which everyone would have a personal stake in the outcome. Passivity would be replaced with activism and real social change.
The Port Huron Statement claimed to be articulating an agenda for a generation.
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of The Port Huron Statement, we ask if the manifesto's importance today is nostalgia, or if its message still rings true? Is history repeating itself? Does this generation need its own version of The Port Huron Statement to address the challenges of the 21st century?
Tom Hayden, social activist, principal drafter of the Port Huron Satement, former California State Senator, now fellow at the Nation Institute.
This program aired on August 7, 2002.