Students, alumni, faculty and staff gathered together outside Sierra and Richfield Halls on Friday, Nov. 4 for a special plaque dedication honoring CSUN’s Africana Studies Department and its first faculty members. The event was the culmination of the 53rd annual Africana Studies Week.

CSUN’s ethnic studies programs, including Chicana/o Studies and Africana Studies, as well as the Education Opportunity Program (EOP) were among the first of their kind in the nation. They were created as a result of student protests on campus during the 1960’s. Those protests were the subject of the documentary “Storm at Valley State.”

Following the plaque dedication, participants then marched to the Black House for a showing of the documentary. Marchers carried signs that had been copied from the originals that were carried during the protests that occurred in late 1968 and 1969.

The plaque will be formally installed during Black History Month in February, 2023.

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