The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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January 16, 2013

African drumming program planned for MLK observance

In observance of Martin Luther King Day, the Greenbrier Valley Campus of New River Community and Technical College will present a program of traditional African drumming by students from the Greenbrier Academy for Girls Jan. 24 at 3:15 p.m. in the student lounge on the ground floor of Greenbrier Hall, 101 Church St., Lewisburg.

The performance is open to the public free of charge.  

Greenbrier Academy for Girls is located in Pence Springs. Up to 54 adolescent girls reside there and participate in a college prep academic setting in a therapeutic environment.

Traditional African drumming has become an integral part of life at the academy. Each day the community comes together and plays some favorite rhythms. This experience helps create opportunities for students to mentor and teach one another and share in a common activity. Drumming creates a context for creative expression, practicing integral group skills and then using these skills to enrich the lives of the surrounding community.

Girls who demonstrate committed interest in drumming can become members of the Performance Group under the direction of Laura Bondurant, drum coordinator.

For more information about the program at New River, contact Wanda Johnson, program coordinator in the Office of Student Services, at 304-647-6710, or e-mail

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