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1966 - 1970

The 60s

The Birth of Kwanzaa

Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at CSCLB, creates Kwanzaa in 1966. Kwanzaa is an African American and pan-African seven-day cultural festival celebrating family, community, and culture. 

Dr. Karenga speaks in front of a crowd
Dr. Marenga

49er Man 

49er Man makes its debut in 1967. The statue is later named "Prospector Pete" in honor of former President Peterson.

prospector pete




First Education Opportunity Program (EOP)

Dr. Joseph White, the second African-American professor at CSCLB, acquires funding from the Dean of Students along with 75 special admissions slots to outreach to minority students in 1967. Dr. White becomes the first EOP director in what will come to be known as the CSU system. 

Fighting Abroad, Protests at Home 

While some CSCLB students fight abroad in Vietnam, others back home take part in protests and demonstrations in campuses across the nation.  

CSULB student fighting in Vietnam

CSULB students protest the Vietnam War

McIntosh Resigns

After students protest around campus, College President Carl W. McIntosh resigns from his 10-year post in 1969. “The institution requires new leadership which can provide renewed vitality and energy” – McIntosh

President McIntosh
President McIntosh

EOP Cohort Grows, Gets a New Director

Ernest Clark becomes the second EOP director in October 1968. The program grows to 438 students. Senate Bill 1072, known as the Harmer Bill, is passed and establishes EOP as a line item in the California State budget, which allows for the creation of Education Opportunity Programs at all CSU campuses. 

Student Union Groundbreaking 

Construction begins on the $4.5 million Student Union.

the new student union, 1969

Fall Registration Fees Increased

Full-time students fees increase to $68.50 per semester.

Fall registration, 1960's

Campus Helps With Commutes

The Long Beach Public Transportation Company provides new bus services to students living in Belmont Shore and surrounding areas.

a school bus transports student to campus

American Indian Studies

American Indian Studies (AIS) arrives at CSCLB in 1968 as the first American Indian education program in the CSU system, as a result of the establishment of EOP. The program is created as a response to a growing number of American Indian students eager to learn more about their culture and history. Most American Indian students attending college are first-generation college students.

Campus Rocked by TGIF Concerts

A series of concerts attracting many rock 'n' roll bands come to campus. The concerts reflect the changing attitudes and affinities of the day. Performers include acts such as Joan Baez, Jefferson Airplane, and The Doors.

TGIF concerts, 1960s

Football Era Ends

A 3-7 record ends a bitter season mired by injuries, signaling the end of the football era at CSCLB.

A Growing Alumni Base

CSCLB tallies 32,244 graduates by the Spring 1969 graduation.

graduation ceremony, 1969