Submitted by Kelly Kaiser; Public Relations Assistant; New River Community College
In celebration of Black History month, New River Community College (NRCC) and the college’s Black History Committee will sponsor a guest speaker and a music program on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m.
The event will be held in 117 Edwards Hall at NRCC in Dublin, and admission is free.
Keynote speaker Dr. Abraham Hardee III 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 LewisGale 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, the National Reserve Corps, the Faculty Advisors of Gold Humanism Honor Society, andis a member of the Health Equity Collaborative of Virginia. His 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.
He has approximately a decade of professional experience working in a local urgent free care clinic. He has most recently directed his focus towards empowering young learners of all types
to pursue the unnatural act of service and commit to legacy building in their immediate
Musical performances will be offered by Jami Martin, an NRCC alumna; Donna Slaughter and 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.