Cultural History

The cultural history of the Black Caucus begins with its founding in 1968 and as a staff-based group we work on collective organizing and activism towards racial justice for staff, students, and faculty at UCSF. In 2018, during our 50th Anniversary Commemoration Gala (1968-2018) we celebrated our organizational founders and highlighted our rich history through an oral history documentary video series of their experiences and actions in the caucus. We also created interactive historical timelines and brainstormed new project ideas to echo the past achievements of our founders and legendary members such as supportive resources.


Sections include:

50th Anniversary Commemoration

  • Annual Gala & Oral History Interviews (below)

Interactive Timelines

  • Black Caucus Timeline
  • Black Firsts @ UCSF

Historical Highlights & Current / Future Ideas

  • Founders, Affirmative Action, Black Bulletin
  • Senarte: Diversity's Pathway (mosaic)


50th Anniversary Commemoration (2018)




Annual Black Caucus Gala (2018)


With over 300 attendees, the 28th Annual Gala featured

keynote speaker Mayor London Breed and University Leadership.

(The Black Bulletin - Special Gala Edition, Flyer)


For more pictures...


Black Caucus pictures on Flickr

Check to see if you were photographed at our annual gala or past BC events.


Share photos on social media and tag us:

#UCSFBlackCaucus   #BlackHeritageMonthGala   #UCSFBlackBulletin


[2018 Black Caucus Gala - Vice Chancellor Dr. Renee Navarro,

Mayor London Breed, Dir. of the MRC and BC Chair Dr. LaMisha Hill,

Dir. of the LGBTQ Resource Ctr. Klint Jaramillo]

Photographer: Patricia Winston

    [Oral History Documentary with Nakisha Rice interviewing

    Legendary BC Elder, Elba Clemente-Lambert]


    Oral History Interviews

    History of the UCSF Black Caucus Videos Part I and Part II

    Videographer: Lawrence Rickford
    Production Team: Marisa McFarlane & Nakisha Rice
    Contributors: Dr. LaMisha Hill & Polina Ilieva
    Sponsored by: The UCSF Black Caucus / Office of Diversity and Outreach


    Part I (filmed 2017, premiered at 2018 Gala)

    John A. Watson, PhD, David Johnson, Joanne Lewis,

    Barbara Thomspon, Elba Clemente-Lambert, Hon. Alice Lytle


    Part II (filmed 2018, premiered at 2019 Gala):
    BC Reunion at Joe Bluford’s home,

    Charles Clary, Crystal Morris, Phoenix Sinclair, Joe Bluford, Fred Logan






      Black Caucus Archives


      Black Caucus digititized Historical Records - UCSF Library Archives (Calisphere)


      If you have pictures, videos, writing / meeting notes, event flyers, or any other

      BC-related archival material, consider donating to the archives.


      Our team has been updating the metadata for the photos on our digitized records and Elba Clemente-Lambert is credited as a creator / photographer for 311 items as well as acknowledged as a donor for the Black Caucus records collection under "Immediate Source of Acquisition - A substantial portion of this collection was compiled, preserved, and donated to the archives by Elba Clemente-Lambert." (pictured above)