a tribute from Julie Friedman
As a white, Jewish girl at UCSC from 1979-1981, I was deeply influenced by Dr. Blake. He is why I majored in Sociology, he is who inspired me towards a career in the non profit world, and it was he who taught me deeply about injustices in the world and the root causes. From stories about his work on Daufuskie Island (which I was lucky to visit decades later), to his life with the Black Panthers, his life experience and academic training made him the most influential professor I had. His personal connection with students was remarkable and he straddled the world of being a mentor, friend, father figure, and professor so well.