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2/16/2006 Linfield program to celebrate Black History Month

McMINNVILLE – Portland writer and filmmaker Ron Craig will present a short film about the Lewis and Clark expedition during an upcoming Black History Month presentation at Linfield College.

Craig, executive producer of Filmworks Northwest, will present "Lewis and Clark: And Who is That Black Man Standing Next to Clark?" on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall.

Craig and Filmworks Northwest completed the film about Lewis and Clark and are currently developing "Who Was York? A New Look at the Lewis and Clark Expedition," a full-length documentary on York, an African American slave and member of the Corps of Discovery. The company is also co-producing two documentaries with French public television, "Joseph Boulogne Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges" and "The First Time I Saw Paris." Craig also founded Astoria Productions, a non-profit company, to produce and showcase documentary films relating to environmental issues.

Craig is a frequent guest speaker and panelist, telling audiences about York and his participation in the historic journey. He has co-authored a children’s book on York. Craig has served as contributing artist and associate editor of Spectrum Magazine of the Arts, works with UNICEF and serves as a board member for the North Portland History Project. He was instrumental in having Portland’s NW York Street officially named for the only black Corps member who, along with Sacagawea, was allowed to vote with their white counterparts.

Craig first became aware of the Lewis and Clark story as a Boy Scout and later discovered there was an African American member of the expedition. He has dedicated himself to telling the story of hidden heroes of history through Filmworks Northwest.

February is Black History Month. Harvard scholar Carter G. Woodson organized the first annual Negro History Week in 1926 to bring national attention to the contributions of black Americans. The son of former slaves, Woodson dedicated his life to ensuring that black history was accurately documented and disseminated.

For more information, contact Barry Tucker, director of multicultural programs, at 503-883-2574.