CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Celebrates Black History Month With Variety of Events

Date: 02-04-2013

Kacey Gardner, editorial assistant
Public Affairs
Joe Wills, director
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico will celebrate Black History Month during February with a variety of events, beginning with a showing of the film “From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights” Tuesday, Feb. 5, and culminating in the eighth annual Rent Party on Feb. 27.

Black History Month is a celebration of black culture and the achievements of black Americans throughout history. This year’s events at CSU, Chico are sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA); the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center; the College of Humanities and Fine Arts; and Chico State Men of Honor.

The Rent Party, hosted by BFSA, is a re-enactment of parties held to raise money for rent during the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement from the 1920s and 1930s in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood that included many popular African American writers, artists, and musicians. The CSU, Chico Department of Theatre recreates the imagery of this era, and partygoers are asked to dress up as figures from that period who they admire.

The University’s other events include film showings, musical performances, forum discussions and a student retreat. Additionally, books related to black culture will be 20 percent off at the Wildcat Store throughout February. A complete schedule for Black History Month is below:

Feb. 5: “From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights” (film)
7:30 p.m., Ayres Hall 120

Feb. 7: “Beyond Beats and Rhymes” (film)
3 p.m., Cross-Cultural Leadership Center

Feb. 7: “Word!” (poetry slam)
6 p.m., Common Grounds in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU)

Feb. 12: Juan de Marco and the Afro-Cuban All Stars (musical performance)
7:30 p.m., Laxson Auditorium

Feb. 17: Eric Bibb and Habib Koite (musical performance)
7:30 p.m., Laxson Auditorium

Feb. 20: Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion — “Answering the Call: Enhancing the Chico Experience for the Black Community” (forum discussion)
Noon, BMU 210

Feb. 20: “Black Power Mixtape” (film)
3 p.m., Cross-Cultural Leadership Center

Feb. 21: “Diversity 411” (forum discussion)
6 p.m., Cross-Cultural Leadership Center

Feb. 23: “Moving Forward” (student retreat)
11 a.m., Selvester’s Café-by-the-Creek

Feb. 25: “Black State of the Union” (public address)
5 p.m., BMU 210

Feb. 27: “Rent Party” (costume party)
7:30 p.m., Harlen Adams Theatre stage (PAC 144)
Suggested donation of $5 will go toward The Bookstore

For more information, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 530-898-4764.