Dom Flemons visits Orange Correctional Center


February 23, 2016, Hillsborough NC:
To commemorate the donation of bluegrass instruments to “The Never Ready Band”, composed of inmates at Orange Correctional Center in Hillsborough NC, grammy award winner and  Music Maker Relief Foundation board member,  visited the honor grade prison yesterday.  It was an inspirational session of song, community, conviviality and education, marking the conjunction of bluegrass music and black history month.  The educational event was organized by Simone, teacher of an ongoing writing workshop at the correctional center.  The event was supported by Orange Prison Ministries and Tofu Dave of WCOM Community Radio, and the instruments donated by the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Music Maker Relief Foundation  in Hillsborough NC, a 501c3 non-profit, was founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time. Music Maker will give future generations access to their heritage through documentation and performance programs that build knowledge and appreciation of America’s musical traditions.
WCOM is a non profit community radio station in Chapel Hill and Carrboro NC.  The mission at WCOM is to educate, inspire, and entertain the diverse populations of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and nearby areas. We cultivate local music and facilitate the exchange of cultural and intellectual ideas, with particular regard for those who are overlooked or under-represented by other media outlets.  We provide a space for media access and education by providing equipment and training to our community.  Contact:  Tofu Dave Bellin, Programming Director,
Dom Flemons  is a Grammy Award winning musician, singer-songwriter, and slam poet.  In his recent solo album Prospect Hill (2014), Flemons drew from a wide range of styles, including ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern traditional music, string band music, fife and drum music, and  jug-band music.  In 2005, Flemons co-found the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band that won a Grammy for its 2010 album Genuine Negro Jig.  Today, he tours throughout the United States and internationally as “The American Songster. In February 2016, Dom performed at Carnegie Hall for a Tribute to LeadBelly. In September 2016, Dom performed at the opening ceremonies for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.  More information:
Alamance-Orange Prison Ministry is a 501c-3 which exists to provide and promote spiritual comfort and growth to the men assigned to Orange Correctional Center through services rendered by a full-time community funded Chaplain. The Board of the Ministry is responsible for giving guidance and financial support so that the Chaplain can carry out his/her duties.
The Ministry strives to better prepare OCC residents with skills, abilities and motivation to successfully reintegrate into their communities and families upon release and, where possible, provide support and encouragement to those receiving them. Information:
Links to photographs follow (Dom Flemons with Orange Prison Ministries Chaplain Love, Dom Flemons with Simone, Dom Flemons with Simone and Tofu Dave)

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