Presentation to honor Black History Month

Portraits of CourageTwo actors will portray African-Americans and their contributions to American history during “Portraits of Courage: African-Americans You Wish You Had Known” on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The presentation is a theatrical piece that portrays six historical figures: Ida B. Well, a journalist and activist; Langston Hughes, originator of jazz poetry during the Harlem Renaissance; Colonel Young, the third black graduate from Westpoint and architect of America’s National Park system; Madame CJ Walker, first female millionaire; Bass Reeves, deputy marshall of Indian Territory; and Biddy Mason, a plantation nurse and midwife.

The cast is made up of two actors, one male and one female. The presentation is written from historical facts, accurately portraying the lives and experiences of the characters.

“Portraits of Courage” is presented by Will and Company, a theatre company based in Los Angeles, Calif., that tours the nation with classical theatre and new works that deal with contemporary issues of acceptance. Will and Company seek to represent the country by promoting and presenting artists of diverse ethnicities, genders, orientations and abilities.

The event is free, open to the public and part of Black History Month celebration at Linfield. For more information, call 503-883-2435.