NRCC Presents Black History Month Program

Drumbeat (NRCC)

In celebration of Black History month, New River Community College (NRCC) and the college’s Black History Committee will sponsor a guest speaker and music program on Sunday, February 19 at 3 p.m. The event will be held in 117 Edwards Hall at NRCC in Dublin, and admission is free.

Abraham Hardee
Abraham Hardee (NRCC)

Keynote speaker Dr. Abraham Hardee, III, DO, Ph.D. will present remarks on the topic of “Chasing Purpose While Maximizing your Boundaries.” Hardee is a board-certified physician in family medicine. He is Core Faculty with the Family Medicine Graduate Medical Education Clinic at Lewis Gale Hospital. He also serves as the Rural Medicine and Underserved Primary Care Department Chair at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). Hardee graduated from VCOM and completed his doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) at Virginia Tech in International Health Education. He is involved with numerous medical committees/organizations including the Medical Society of Virginia Assistant Board of Directors, National Reserve Corps, Faculty Advisors of Gold Humanism Honor Society, and a member or the Health Equity Collaborative of VA. Other community volunteering opportunities include serving as an NAACP member and lay speaker and elementary teacher at Blue Ridge Church. All of Hardee’s efforts aim to improve the living experience in the Appalachian Region for all persons.

Jami Martin
Jami Martin (NRCC)

Hardee has approximately a decade of professional experience working in a local urgent care and free clinic. He has most recently directed his focus towards impowering young learners of all types to pursue the unnatural act of service and commitment to legacy building in their immediate surroundings. He is also a popular guest speaker on topics related to medicine, diversity, motivation, spirituality, and education. Hardee actively participates in domestic and international health brigades and assists in natural disaster relief.

Musical performances will be presented by Jami Martin, an NRCC alumna, Donna Slaughter & Josiah Williams from Spirit of Life Worship Center, and Drumbeat from Randolph Avenue United Methodist Church.

The public is invited to the event, and light refreshments will be served following the program. For more information about the program, please contact Elaine Powell-Hawkins at (540) 674-3600, ext. 4478.

Donna Hampton Slaughter Josiah Williams
Donna Hampton Slaughter and Josiah Williams (NRCC)