CSU, Chico News

Black History Month Celebrated with Numerous Events at CSU, Chico

Date: 01-30-2014

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Tray Robinson, Director
Office of Diversity and Inclusion

California State University, Chico will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a variety of events, beginning with a student-led discussion, “Legacies Lost: Trayvon Martin and Victims of Violence,” Monday, Feb. 3, and culminating in the ninth 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 (HFA); University Housing and Food Services; and UMatter.

The Rent Party, hosted by BFSA with support from HFA, 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 Music and 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 a film showing, poetry and musical performances, forum discussions and a campus/community march. Additionally, books related to black culture will be discounted by 20 percent at the Wildcat Store throughout February. A complete schedule for Black History Month is below:

Feb. 3: “Legacies Lost: Trayvon Martin and Victims of Violence” (discussion)
5:30 p.m., Student Services Center (SSC) 150

Feb. 4: “Lost in the Line: Violence Against Law Enforcement” (discussion)
5:30 p.m., SSC 122

Feb. 5: “Oh No You Didn’t: How and When to Challenge Racism” (discussion)
12 p.m., Cross-Cultural Leadership Center (CCLC)

Feb. 5: “Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement” (discussion)
3 p.m., CCLC

Feb. 5: “Verity of Prejudice and Racism” (panel discussion)
5:30 p.m., BMU 210

Feb. 6: “Fruitvale Station” (film showing)
6:30 p.m., UHUB

Feb. 12: “Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement” (discussion)
3 p.m., CCLC

Feb. 13: “WORD UP!” (poetry slam)
6 p.m., Common Grounds in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU)

Feb. 13: “True Blues: History of the Blues” (musical performance)
7:30 p.m., Laxson Auditorium

Feb. 19: Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion: “Hip Hop – Language of the Underground Railroad” (forum discussion)
12 p.m., BMU 210

Feb. 19: “Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement” (discussion)
3 p.m., CCLC

Feb. 20: “Poetry Night with Suzy Q” (performance)
8 p.m., UHUB

Feb. 26: “Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement” (discussion)
3 p.m., CCLC

Feb. 26: “Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin & Those Lost to Violence” (campus/community march)
5:30 p.m., Trinity Commons

Feb. 27: “Rent Party” (costume party)
6 p.m., Harlen Adams Theatre

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