Background on Dr. Thomas N. Burbridge
Thomas Burbridge earned his PhD in Pharmacology from UCSF and joined the faculty of the School of Medicine in 1956. His humanitarian concern led him to interrupt his pursuit of a doctoral degree in Pharmacology in order to help in the development of a medical education program in Indonesia following that country's struggle for independence. In addition, Dr. Burbridge made several trips to southern states to recruit medical students to UCSF from predominantly black universities. He is most widely known for his leadership of the San Francisco NAACP during the time of the "Auto Row Sit-Ins" at the automobile dealerships that once thrived along Van Ness Avenue. In this case, a non-violent, direct action strategy brought about equal employment opportunities for minorities. This was one of several efforts he pursued to promote civil rights and social justice.
Background on Edison T. Uno
Edison Uno was Assistant Dean of Students at UCSF from 1969 to 1974. In addition to his job responsibilities, he was a participant and leader in a number of social and political causes and organizations. He was involved in the struggle to repeal the law that permitted the incarceration of Japanese Americans in detention camps, and was one of the leaders of the effort to establish the Ethnic Studies program at San Francisco State University during the 1960s. In the 1970s, he was the first person of Japanese descent to be appointed to serve on the San Francisco Grand Jury, while at the same time a critic of that system's exclusion of other minorities. These are but a few examples that demonstrate Mr. Uno's commitment to human rights and social change.