Watts Commemoration

Schedule of Events

Through May 2016

Voice of Watts Voter Registration Drive

Voice of Watts Voter Registration Drive

Ongoing through May 2016

At various locations in the community of Watts.

Watts Rebellion Oral History Project

Watts Rebellion Oral History Project

Ongoing throughout 2016 Spring Semester

As part of the Commemoration, the university has established the CSUDH Watts Rebellion Oral History Project to capture the experiences of a diverse cross-section of people who remember the events that took place from August 11 to 17, 1965 in Watts and surrounding Los Angeles communities.

During the 2016 semester, CSUDH students will be conducting audio and video interviews about the August 1965 urban disturbances. These oral histories will contribute to the preservation of the history of the Watts Rebellion by recording the thoughts, recollections, and insights of those who lived through and were impacted by the events.

APRIL 2016

Unity Fest
 

Unity Fest

Multicultural Festival Celebrating Culture and Diversity

Thursday, April 26, 2016 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sculpture Garden | CSU Dominguez Hills

Peace Pole

CSU Dominguez Hills Peace Pole
Unveiling and Dedication

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 1:00 pm
Sculpture Garden | CSU Dominguez Hills

As an institution that has helped to bring change and transformation in the region following the Watts Rebellion, CSU Dominguez Hills will plant a Peace Pole in the campus sculpture garden serving as a symbol and monument to peace. 

Watts Rebellion Book Club

Watts Rebellion Book Club

Monthly Lunchtime Discussion Group
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

12:00 Noon

Library South | Fifth Floor | Piano Room
CSU Dominguez Hills
  

April Book Discussion: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander 

The CSU Dominguez Hills campus community is holding a monthly book club through April 2016 to discuss books and readings relevant to the 1965 Watts Rebellion, protests and activism, and race relations. Students, faculty, staff, and the general public are welcome to join us at this lunchtime brown bag meeting. Visit the Watts Rebellion Book Club website for the group’s complete reading list. 

For more information, email Glenn DeVoogd, associate dean of the CSUDH College of Education.

Labor, Social and Environmental Justice Fair
 

Eighth Annual Labor, Social and Environmental Justice Fair

Thursday, April 28, 2016 | All Day
East Walkway and Loker Student Union | CSU Dominguez Hills

 
 Sharefest logo

Sharefest 13th Annual Workday

Saturday, April 30, 2016 | all day; hours vary
96th St. Elementary School | 1471 96th St., Los Angeles

Join Sharefest and CSUDH in providing a warm and inviting learning environment to students and teachers at 96th St. Elementary School in Watts. Volunteers will help paint interior and exterior spaces, including painting a mural; clean the campus of debris; and beautify the landscaping.

Sign up to Volunteer TODAY


MARCH 2016

Selma Movie

Male Success Alliance
7th Annual Spring Summit

Friday, March 4, 2016 

8:00 am to 2:30 pm
Loker Student Union Ballroom | CSU Dominguez Hills

For more information, email successalliance@csudh.edu or call (310) 243-2278

Sonia Sanchez

An Afternoon with Sonia Sanchez:
Black Culture, Women's Liberation, Peace and Racial Justice

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Loker Student Union Ballroom A | CSU Dominguez Hills

Sonia Sanchez is professor emerita of English at Temple University
and a poet, playwright, and activist.

Flyer available here.

For more information, email Professor M. Keith Claybrook
at mkclaybrook@csudh.edu or call (310) 243-2155

 Volunteers gardening at a CSUDH event

Third Annual Community Engagement Symposium

Monday, March 21, 2016

11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Loker Student Union Ballroom | CSU Dominguez Hills
 

For more information, email cmcknight@csudh.edu or call (310) 243-2438

Watts Rebellion Book Club 

Watts Rebellion Book Club

Monthly Lunchtime Discussion Group
Tuesday, March 16, 2016

12:00 Noon

Library South | Fifth Floor | Piano Room
CSU Dominguez Hills
 

March Book Discussion: The Political Power of Protest: Minority Activism and Shifts in Public Policy by Daniel Q. Gillion 

The CSU Dominguez Hills campus community is holding a monthly book club through April 2016 to discuss books and readings relevant to the 1965 Watts Rebellion, protests and activism, and race relations. Students, faculty, staff, and the general public are welcome to join us at this lunchtime brown bag meeting. Visit the Watts Rebellion Book Club website for the group’s complete reading list. 

For more information, email Glenn DeVoogd, associate dean of the CSUDH College of Education.

 
Envisioning Transformation Academic Symposium 

Envisioning Transformation:
A Two-Day Academic Symposium

Featuring Nationally Regarded Scholars

In Commemoration of the
50th Anniversary of the Watts Rebellion

Day One: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
8:00 am to 3:45 pm | Loker Student Union and University Theatre

Day Two: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
10:00 am to 3:45 pm | University Theatre
Reception: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
University Library Cultural Art Center, LIB 1940

Academic Symposium Overview and Schedule

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Free lunch provided with Symposium registration:
REGISTER HERE

 
Sixth Annual Naturally Beautiful Hair Show
 

Sixth Annual Naturally Beautiful Hair Show

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Loker Student Union Ballroom | CSU Dominguez Hills

 

 

FEBRUARY 2016

Jubilee Singers

The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers of Los Angeles
Community Concert

February 4, 2016

SOLD OUT

Hosted by CSU Dominguez Hills

The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers, a traveling company of 12 to 18, have garnered international acclaim and focused worldwide attention on the vast body of folk music termed "African-American." They will be preforming at a yet to be determined date, as part of the Watts Rebellion 50th Anniversary Commemoration.

Watts Towers

Watts Reflection Alumni Panel

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Multicultural Center, LSU 110 | CSU Dominguez Hills 

California State University, Dominguez Hills was placed in its present location in large part due to the Watts Rebellion and issues of educational inequity it raised.  Fifty years later, CSUDH has graduated over 95,000 alumni who represent a diverse and accomplished community of professionals, educators, community and organizational leaders.

Join fellow Toros as they look back and remember the impact of the Watts Rebellion and how it affected the life of their families and communities, and what impact CSU Dominguez Hills has made for them.

Student artwork from Watts Now Exhibit 

WATTS NOW: Student Exhibition
and WATTS THEN: Archives Exhibition

February 16 to May 12, 2016

University Library Cultural Art Center, LIB 1940 | CSU Dominguez Hills

Exhibit Hours
Monday – Thursday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Opening Reception
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 | 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

“Watts Now” is an interdisciplinary student exhibition featuring 130 works of art, poems and social justice projects, including photography, motion graphics, design, drawings, poetry exploring contemporary Watts as part of the university’s 50th anniversary commemoration of the 1965 Watts Rebellion. Curated by Michele Bury, Ellie Zenhari and Kathy Zimmerer, Art and Design Department.

“Watts Then” features items collected by CSUDH Archives and Special Collection related to the Watts Rebellion, including newspaper and magazine coverage of the event, publications from the black perspective, official reports, cultural events that resulted from and books written about or set around the rebellion, along with officials’ correspondences and speeches. Curated by Greg Williams, Archives and Special Collections, CSU Dominguez Hills.

Watts Rebellion Book Club

Watts Rebellion Book Club

Monthly Lunchtime Discussion Group
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

12:00 Noon

Library South | Fifth Floor | Piano Room
CSU Dominguez Hills
 

February Book Discussion: Race, Reform, and Rebellion: The Second Reconstruction and Beyond in Black America, 1945-2006 by Manning Marable 

The CSU Dominguez Hills campus community is holding a monthly book club through April 2016 to discuss books and readings relevant to the 1965 Watts Rebellion, protests and activism, and race relations. Students, faculty, staff, and the general public are welcome to join us at this lunchtime brown bag meeting. Visit the Watts Rebellion Book Club website for the group’s complete reading list.

For more information, email Glenn DeVoogd, associate dean of the CSUDH College of Education.

Walter Mosley
 

2016 Patricia Eliet Memorial Lecture
Featuring Walter Mosley

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Loker Student Union Ballroom | CSU Dominguez Hills 

A reading and book signing by the celebrated novelist and social commentator, Walter Mosely. Mosely is an American author, most widely recognized for his crime fiction, including the best-selling series featuring detective Easy Rawlins from the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. 

This event is free and open to the public.

January 2016

Watts Rebellion Book Club

Watts Rebellion Book Club

Monthly Lunchtime Discussion Group
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

12:00 Noon

Library South | Fifth Floor | Piano Room
CSU Dominguez Hills
 

 January Book Discussion: Race, Space, and Riots in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles by Janet L Abu-Lughod, juxtaposing a shorter book Why the World Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr.

The CSU Dominguez Hills campus community is holding a monthly book club through April 2016 to discuss books and readings relevant to the 1965 Watts Rebellion, protests and activism, and race relations. Students, faculty, staff, and the general public are welcome to join us at this lunchtime brown bag meeting. Visit the Watts Rebellion Book Club website for the group’s complete reading list.

For more information, email Glenn DeVoogd, associate dean of the CSUDH College of Education.

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