CSU, Chico News

California State University, Chico Presents Black History Month Events

Date: 02-08-2017

Michele Chandler
Public Affairs
Tray Robinson
Office of Diversity and Inclusion

California State University, Chico is celebrating Black History Month in February with a collection of films, performances and discussions.

Black History Month is a celebration of black culture and the achievements of black Americans. This year’s events at CSU, Chico are being sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Black Faculty and Staff Association, the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center (CCLC) and the Black Student Union.

The Black History Month “Poetry Slam” will take place on Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Bell Memorial Union.

Four films (PDF) will be shown during the month at the CCLC as part of the event. Admission to each film is free and a discussion will follow each screening. The first film, Sundance Film Festival favorite “DOPE,” will take place on Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. in the CCLC, which is located in Meriam Library, Room 172.

“Students behind this year’s Black History Month film series are black men from urban spaces. They wanted films and discussions that acknowledged the realities they see at home, even while struggling to continue their educations at Chico State,” said Lesa Johnson, an assistant professor in CSU, Chico's Department of Sociology and one of the event’s organizers.

“For them, these films are artistic representations of the severely constrained choices that some black men must face as they make attempts at economic and social mobility in the broader society,” Johnson said.

A session titled “Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion: Moving Men of Color Forward,” will take place on Feb. 15 at noon in the BMU, Room 210. That gathering will include a discussion about strategies to improve college entrance rates and college graduation rates achieved by male students of color.

“We want to look at what are the things we’re going to do to make sure that our underrepresented minority males are achieving as much as our other demographic of students,” said Malcolm McLemore, program coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and one of the presenters.

Also scheduled is gospel choir concert, which will take place on Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. in the University’s Performing Arts Center, Room 144. That event will feature traditional spirituals, gospel music, spoken word performances and interpretative dance.

This year's Black History Month festivities will conclude with the “Black Ball,” a formal event that will be held on Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Chico Women’s Club, which is located at 592 E. 3rd St. in Chico. Performances by CSU, Chico student musical groups will be featured, including hip-hop group World 9. People who are involved in black organizations from across the University will also be acknowledged. Tickets to the "Black Ball" cost $15 per person or $25 per couple.

All other Black History Month events are free.

A complete list of Black History Month events (PDF), which are open to the community, can be found on the website of the University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

For more information about Black History Month events, please contact the CSU, Chico Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 530-898-4764 or visit www.csuchico.edu/diversity.