STRONGER TOGETHER Drumming for diversity in Newport

The Newport Community Drum Circle will present a free program of multicultural traditional and indigenous rhythms on the front steps of Newport City Hall, 169 S Coast Highway on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., in conjunction with the local Stronger Together March.  

The march, sponsored by Central Oregon Coast NOW, the recently revived Diversity Committee of Lincoln County, PFLAG, and local Democrats, is in support of the National Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and in hundreds of other cities, and it is one of seven such authorized marches in Oregon.  

Drum circle leader Chandler Davis said the local march welcomes all participants, regardless of gender, and is “intended to show that people in Lincoln County are united in support of vulnerable people and minorities, civil rights, and the health of the environment.”  

Davis said he and other performers will provide the culturally diverse concert as a warm-up for the march, then the drummers will provide a beat for the marchers, beginning at noon. The march will proceed through Newport to a 12:30 p.m. indoor rally with speakers and additional live music at the Hallmark Resort, 744 SW Elizabeth St.  

“The drum circle has stood for, and represented diversity and community for nearly 10 years in Lincoln County,” Davis said. “We hope to help show that the vast majority of Lincoln County citizens join with the march sponsors and the nearly 900 members of the drum circle in rejecting the bigotry and xenophobia that has been so much in evidence in America in recent months.”  

Anyone wishing to participate in the drumming should contact Davis at 541-272-4615 or chandler@ chandlerdavis.com. Information on the march is available at 541-264-8502 or https:// c e n t r a l o r e g o n c o a s t n o w. com/2016/12/28/strongertogether-march/

Newport News Time, January 18, 2017, B1

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