Campus Celebrates Black History Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 01-30-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Tray Robinson, Director
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
530-898-4764

California State University, Chico will celebrate Black History Month in February with a variety of events, beginning with a screening of the satirical film “Dear White People” tonight, Jan. 30, and including the 10th annual Rent Party Feb. 12. 

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, the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center (CCLC), the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and University Housing and Food Services.

The 10th annual Rent Party 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. The CSU, Chico Department of Theatre recreates the imagery of this era, and partygoers are asked to dress up as figures from that period whom they admire.

The University’s other events include poetry and musical performances and forum discussions. A complete schedule for Black History Month is below:

Jan. 30: “Dear White People” (film and discussion)
7 p.m., Bell Memorial Union (BMU) Auditorium

 

Feb. 3: “Word” (poetry slam)
7 p.m., Wildcat Leadership Institute (BMU 220)

 

Feb. 5: David Otunga: “Shattering Stereotypes”
7 p.m., Sutter Café, UHUB

 

Feb. 6: Late-Night Lounge
8 p.m., CCLC (Meriam Library 172)

 

Feb. 12: 10th Annual Rent Party
6 p.m., Harlen Adams Theatre (Performing Arts Center 144)
$5 suggested donation

 

Feb. 17: “Loving Story” (film and discussion)
3:30 p.m., Selvester’s Cafe

 

Feb. 18: Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion: “Black in the Ivory Tower” (forum discussion)
Noon, BMU 210

 

Feb. 18: Zap Mama & Antibalas (musical performance)
7:30 p.m., Laxson Auditorium
Visit www.chicoperformances.com for ticket information

 

Feb. 19: Dinner and a Story: “Conversations Between African-American Women”
5:30 p.m., CCLC (Meriam Library 172)
Requires in-person registration and $5 deposit

 

Feb. 19: Suzi Q (poetry reading)
7 p.m., Sutter Café, UHUB

 

For more information, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 530-898-4764 or visit www.csuchico.edu/diversity. For questions about or assistance with accessibility, please contact the campus Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959 seven days prior to the event. 

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