CSU, Chico News

A Visit by the Harlem Gospel Choir Highlights Black History Month

Date: 01-13-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Tray Robinson
Office of Diversity

Black History Month will be celebrated during the month of February at California State University, Chico. It is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role they have played in American history. There will be movies, discussions, a “rent party,” a performance by a drum and dance ensemble from Haiti and a performance by the Harlem Gospel Choir. The world-famous choir will perform in Laxson Auditorium on Feb. 24.

Maya Angelou, poet, author, historian and educator, will speak in Laxson Auditorium on March 22, in honor of Black History Month. She was originally scheduled to visit Chico on Feb. 17, but had to reschedule because she will be receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Feb. 16 in Washington, D.C.

Celebrations for Black History Month will start with a kick-off dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Selvester’s Cafe on the CSU, Chico campus.

On Thursday, Feb. 3, a Harlem Renaissance “rent party” will be held on the Harlen Adams stage as a fundraiser for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship and the Multicultural and Gender Studies Student Activist-Scholar Award. Rent parties were a way for people living in Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s to pay their rent. Hosts would cook food, hire musicians and use any proceeds to pay their rent.

During the month of February, the AS Bookstore will offer 20 percent off books related to Black culture.

A complete schedule for Black History Month is below:

Kick-Off Dinner
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 6–9 p.m.
Selvester’s Café by the Creek

Rent Party
Thursday, Feb. 3, 5 p.m.
Harlen Adams stage, suggested donation $5

“Do the Right Thing,” Movie and Discussion
Friday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m.
Cross-Cultural Leadership Center (CCLC) Meriam Library 172

Bonga and the Vodou Drums of Haiti
Friday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Laxson Auditorium
(Tickets available at University Box Office, 530-898-6333)

Alvin Ayler, Documentary
Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Ayers 106

“Diary of a Tired Black Man,” Movie and Discussion
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 4­­–7 p.m.
CCLC Meriam Library 172

“The History and Myths of the Bloods and the Crips,” Movie and Discussion
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m.
CCLC Meriam Library 172

Challenging Black Inferiority, Discussion
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 3–4 p.m.
CCLC Meriam Library 172

Black State of the Union Address, Panel Discussion
Thursday, Feb. 17, 5 p.m.
BMU Auditorium

School Daze, Movie and Discussion
Friday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m.
CCLC Meriam Library 172

Black History Month Spoken Word
Wednesday, Feb. 23, 6­–9 p.m.
BMU 210

Ugly Cosby Sweater Party
Thursday, Feb. 24, 7–10 p.m.
Selvester’s Café by the Creek

Harlem Gospel Choir
Thursday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Laxson Auditorium
(Tickets available at University Box Office)

Black History Educational Display
Ongoing throughout February
Kendall Hall, 1st Floor

Maya Angelou
Tuesday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.
Laxson Auditorium
(Tickets available at University Box Office)

For more information on any of the events, call the Office of Diversity at 530-898-4764.

The sponsors of Black History Month at CSU, Chico include the Office of Diversity; Black Faculty and Staff Association; Black Leaders on Campus; the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center; the University Film Series; Multicultural and Gender Studies; and Men of Honor.