Alumni: Hall of Fame

Overview

Alumni Hall of Fame

History of the Long Beach City College Alumni Hall of Fame

The Long Beach City College Alumni Hall of Fame was originally created by the Associated Student Body Cabinet as a way to honor former students who have excelled in their chosen professions after leaving the College.  The first induction ceremony took place on campus in 1972 and was a small affair that inducted three worthy individuals.  Every year since then another class of three to five outstanding individuals has been added.  The ceremony has evolved from a small gathering hosted by the ASB Cabinet to a large off-campus affair hosted by the Alumni Office that can appropriately honor the inductees and accommodate the large number of individuals who want to celebrate their achievements.

These inductees represent a wide variety of professions and personal interests including the areas of Arts and Entertainment, Athletics, Business and Industry, Civil Service and Government, Community Service and Philanthropy, Medicine and Science, and more.  In order to honor the many outstanding athletes who have competed on the fields and courts over the years for the Vikings, in the mid-1990s a separate Hall of Champions ceremony was created.  The main lobby of the gymnasium is dedicated to displaying the photos and accomplishments of these talented athletes. 

With the induction of the 2020 honorees, the total number of Hall of Fame members stands at 185 outstanding individuals.  All those inducted create an outstanding list of individuals who are not only well known locally, but in many cases nationally and internationally.  They not only serve as role models to inspire current students but also represent the value of the wonderful education one can receive at the College.  The photographs of the Hall of Fame members are displayed in T-1200, located on the Liberal Arts Campus.

As you read through the list of Hall of Fame inductees you may want additional information about them or the nomination and selection process.  Please feel free to contact the Alumni Office to learn more.

2020-2021 Honorees

The 2020 Hall of Fame honorees are International City Theatre’s artistic director caryn desai; photographer Duke Givens; concert promoter/arts presenter John Malveaux; retired Long Beach Police Commander Charles Parks; and educator Cynthia Terry.

“During these challenging times of remote learning, it’s wonderful to celebrate our distinguished alumni and their many accomplishments to serve as an inspiration to our current students,” said Long Beach Community College District Interim Superintendent-President Lou Anne Bynum.

The announcement and celebration of the 2020 inductees have been delayed due to the challenges faced by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Sylvester “Duke” Givens
Photographer

Givens graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1989 and joined the US Air Force, where he served until 1993. Upon his return, he was given a camera by his parents, which prompted him to take a photography class at LBCC. That photography course at LBCC sparked his lifelong passion for capturing images of everyday people and was the start of Givens’ career as an award-winning photographer, documentarian, and social activist. He has photographed everything from album covers for his friend Snoop Dogg to the day-to-day life in Long Beach’s 6th District.

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John Malveaux
Concert Promoter/Arts Presenter

With experience in the live music business, John Malveaux became a partner in the concert company World Wide Production in 1967 and steered the 1st Motown Review on the west coast featuring Marvin Gaye, Four Tops, Etta James, and Martha & the Vandellas to the Long Beach Area in 1968.  Separate from WWP, John partnered with Dr. Joe White at CSULB to present the 1st concert fundraiser, featuring trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, for the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) on the campus of CSULB. Thereafter, John increasingly sought to organize/produce non-profit events hoping to influence educational, social and cultural causes.

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Charles Parks
Retired Long Beach Police Commander

Parks earned his associate degree from Long Beach City College in 1964. He went on to get his bachelor’s from California State University Long Beach, and his master’s degree from Yale University/Occidental College. Parks was also a graduate of leadership programs that include POST Command College, Leadership Long Beach., and was a National Urban Fellow. Parks was with the Long Beach Police Department for 33 years. Upon retirement from the police department, he served as president of the Long Beach Water Commission during two terms of service.

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Cynthia Terry
Educator/Administrator

Terry is a longtime resident and community volunteer in Long Beach. She obtained her associate degree from LBCC in 1968. She went on to receive a BA from CSULB, and her MA in School Management and Administration from Pepperdine University. Terry is a retired high school principal from the Long Beach Unified School District and served 38 years.