History 303: Research and Writing Seminar in History
At Cal Poly, demonstrations for the civil rights movement were not very common but when they were, they made headlines. The war in Vietnam far overshadowed the civil rights movement at Cal Poly due simply to its demographics at the time. The population at Cal Poly, as well as the surrounding areas, was lacking diversity, making the civil rights movement less of a priority for many. Perhaps if the civil rights movement was taken more seriously during its time of relevance, more African Americans would have became inclined to attend Cal Poly and get involved in what was happening. However, in a city and college with little African American presence, little was done.