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Unity is strength, division is weakness. ~ Swahili proverb

Why We Want You to Join our Community. The old Igbo and Yoruba African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child” is a staple of the Black community. It means that an entire community of people must invest in our young people to help them to flourish in a safe and healthy environment. Villagers look out for and support our children. It is how we survive and thrive. The larger our community, the stronger our voice. Come join the fight to remove barriers for our students of color and provide more access and retention.

Members will receive:

  • Monthly updates that share our trials and triumphs
  • Invitations to participate in our celebrations and community events
  • Access to our community business list so we can support each other

"If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." ~ African proverb

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The Tree Story

I want to tell you the underground secret of the red-foot forest.  In these forests are some of the largest, tallest, and oldest trees on the planet.  Some of these trees are 2000 years old and they grow on a healing terrain. The soil is very dense and over the centuries there have been massive earthquakes, windstorms, and snowstorms. How do these trees keep growing through all the different challenges that have come?   It’s the roots.  The underground secret is in the roots of the trees.  Underground they reach out and connect with the roots of other trees.  As soon as two roots meet, they embrace one another, they wrap around each other.   Every tree in the entire forest is directly or indirectly connected and gives support to every other tree.

Tree Story

The ancient redwood trees stretch out their roots to the young redwood trees and just like threads they wrap around the big roots, and they get all their support, unity, and strength.  This is a lesson for humanity.  In unity there is true strength.  The greatest feat in the world is to understand how we are all connected with one another.

Tree Roots

CSULB Black Scholars have many nurturing roots, and we honor our connection with them.  Here are just a few: Notable Alumni and Campus Contributors | California State University Long Beach (

Please join our village and get connected:  Submission Form | California State University Long Beach (

 -Radhanath Swami “How to Connect with Your True Self”

Note: CSULB events and scholarships are open to all CSULB students, regardless of sex/gender, race/ethnicity, religion, etc.