African American Civic Engagement: 1860s and 100 Years Later Among CSUF Titan Alumni

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On exhibition October 22, 2017 - December 22, 2017, in the Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery of Pollak Library.


Dr. Stan Breckenridge is a senior lecturer and co-chair for the Department of African American Studies at  California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Breckenridge is also a musician who credits much of his work to the  Fulbright Scholar Program.


The exhibition is a collection of memorabilia among African Americans who contributed to their society through civic engagement during two periods, the 1860s and 100 years later. The first period will highlight the work of the famed Buffalo Soldiers, while the latter will focus on successful African American Titan alumni. The connection between these two periods will be made by featuring a descendent and current member of the Buffalo Soldiers who is also featured as one of CSU's Outstanding Alumni. Following this, the exhibition will transition to other African American CSUF students during the 1960s-70s who  became successful and civilly engaged in Orange County as well as other states and countries throughout their careers. Moreover, the exhibition, which will occur during the 2017-2018 academic year, will be timely as it will feature successful African American Titan Alumni at the start of preparations for CSUF's 60th Anniversary.

Some specific memorabilia about the Buffalo Soldiers--the courageous African American soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army--includes: a framed Black History Calendar that emphasizes some remarkable achievements; a uniform; Winchetser rifle; bicycle; framed photo of early Buffalo Soldiers; three sculptures of notable members; plaque with a photo of their appearance in the Rose Parade in 2007; an enlarged 29-cent U.S. Postage Stamp mounted on a plaque; CSU's Outstanding Alumni framed display; medals; recognitions from government and professional institutions; print media on plaques/frames and in large books, authored books, video documentaries, professional music recording, and much more.


The curator wishes to thank Trish Campbell, Exhibit Program Coordinator and Library Marketing student assistants, Lauren Condina and Karen Vazquez, in addition to the library exhibit students Cristina Omidsalar, Emily Pillai, Renee Jean, and Mariana Peñaloza for their assistance.

Exhibit Location

On exhibition October 22, 2017 - December 22, 2017, in the Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery of Pollak Library .