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By Any Means Necessary: Marginalized Students Give Voice in the Third World Forum

Shields Library (Lobby - Archives and Special Collections)

January 12, 2024 - April 22, 2024

Welcome to By Any Means Necessary: Marginalized Students Give Voice in the Third World Forum, an exhibition highlighting a student-run, student-produced, student-published newspaper at UC Davis. Starting off as the Third World News in 1970, the newspaper informed and educated students about the Third World movement, as well as provided a platform, a “place of refuge and ‘common ground’ for people of color” to voice their concerns, and express themselves and the struggle for justice on the Davis campus.

The editors of the Third World Forum hoped that the newspaper would:

  • serve as a “bridge between the communities that have been historically oppressed and the students of color, providing those students who are far away from their communities with information on what is happening within those communities,”
  • “record the presence of the people of color on campus,”
  • be an “alternative publication that counters the propaganda of the established media,”
  • and provide a “voice for equality and justice.”

The exhibit cases begin with an introduction to the Third World Forum (TWF), featuring examples of editorials, including where this exhibition gets its title. Following the first case, other cases display front pages and additional pages focusing on Native Americans, Asian Americans, Chicano(as)/Latino(as), and African Americans. The exhibit also features the photography of The People’s Monitor/Third World Forum staff member, Francisco Dominguez, whose newly acquired collection of photographs are in line to be processed by Archives and Special Collections. The last case concludes the exhibition with a summary of TWF’s feelings/opinions/views and with a collage of other issues that were written about in the TWF.

This exhibition displays a tiny sample of the Third World Forum.

Access the entire run of TWF online