1965 Watts Rebellion


50th Anniversary Watts Rebellion Commemoration at CSUDH

Year-long Schedule of Events
Beginning August 11, 2015

A Catalyst for Change

In 1965, the Watts Rebellion devastated a community and awakened the nation, bringing longstanding grievances and inequalities into the spotlight. California leaders placed their hopes on an institution of higher education as a catalyst for change, and decided to build a new state college close to the communities impacted by the rebellion.

A transformation was needed. And they got one.

Fifty years later, California State University, Dominguez Hills boasts over 90,000 alumni, with over 65 percent of our alumni living within 25 miles of the campus.

The university changes lives each and every day through the transformative power of education.

50th Anniversary Watts Rebellion Commemoration

California State University, Dominguez Hills is marking the 50th Anniversary of the Watts Rebellion with a year-long, interdisciplinary “conversation” among faculty, students and the community, examining the rebellion’s legacy and impact.

The CSU Dominguez Hills community will explore, examine, analyze, and discuss conditions preceding the 1965 Watts Rebellion and the status of race relations, socioeconomics, education, and equality in America today.