CSU, Chico News

Harlem Renaissance Rent Party, a Fundraiser for Student Scholarships, Presented Feb. 12

Date: 02-04-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Tracy Butts
Department of English

Celebrate Black History Month by stepping back in time and going to the Harlem Renaissance Rent Party, a costume party for a cause, on Thurs., Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. on the Harlen Adams Theatre stage.

Rent Parties were a way for Harlemites in the 1920s and 1930s to pay their rent. Hosts would hire musicians, cook food and with the proceeds have money to cover their rent.

CSU, Chico’s African American faculty invites you to participate in this tradition and at the same time support the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship and the Multicultural and Gender Student Activist-Scholar Award. All proceeds from the Rent Party go directly to these organizations.

To kickoff Black History Month CSU, Chico is declaring Feb. 12 Harlem Renaissance Day.

The Harlem Renaissance Rent Party will be filled with partygoers dressed up as anyone from 1919 to 1929, and prizes will be awarded to those with the best costumes. People are also encouraged to wear their costumes to work that day.

The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement from the 1920s and 1930s in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. The Harlem Renaissance gave birth to many mainstream African American writers and musicians. Without this movement literature, theatre, art and politics would not be the same. Celebrate this revolutionary time at this year’s Harlem Renaissance Rent Party.

Donations of $5 or more will be welcomed at the door.

For more information, contact Tracy Butts, professor in CSU, Chico’s Department of English and coordinator of the event, at 898-5151 or via email, tbutts@csuchico.edu.