University of Wisconsin-Stout

Feb. 28, 2011

The Will & Company theater ensemble, from Los Angeles, will give a free performance “Portraits of Courage” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in room 184 of Micheels Hall. The campus and local community is invited to the production celebrating Black History Month and Women’s History Month.

The performance features portraits of black and white women who helped shape the nation. They are:

• Alice Paul, a militant suffragist credited as the architect of some of the most outstanding political achievements for women’s rights in the 20th century.

• Mary Walker, the first female U.S. Army surgeon and the only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor.

• Ida B. Wells, a journalist who, through her writing and activism, refused to allow mainstream America to look the other way and excuse the lynching of black men in the United States.

• Madame C.J. Walker, the first female millionaire; she rose from working as a laundress to owning a mansion on the Hudson River and became instrumental in the Harlem Renaissance.

• Biddy Mason, an enslaved plantation nurse and midwife, who crossed the United States on the Mormon Trail. After achieving emancipation, she became one of the wealthiest women in America and founded the First African-American Episcopal Church in Los Angeles.

Another portrayal will be called Body Image, a character created from interviews representing young men and women and the social pressures they face related to physical appearance.

“Portraits of Courage” is sponsored by UW-Stout’s Black Student Union, Women and Gender Studies, Multicultural Student Services and the Ally Center.

For more information, contact Ana-Ramona Gilbert, adviser for Multicultural Student Services, at 715-232-1381 or