Meridian Hill Park Drum Circle in Washington, DC.


I visited Malcolm X Park also known as Meridian Hill Park in Washington, DC for the first time in years on Sunday August 30, 2015..  I was looking for a place to take pictures.   Now I know what the world needs.  It needs more drums.

Washington, DC is suffering from crime wave with the murder rate way out of hand but there is something wonderful going on within its limits.

On weather friendly Sunday afternoons as I discovered there is a Drum Circle representing people from all over the world that has been gathering for about 50 years in the park.  It is open to anyone who has something to strike on and willing to get on the beat.

There were fat drummers, skinny drummers,  old drummers, young drummers, men and women, rich and poor representing the colors of the rainbow.  The music made you move.  It was also playing background to yoga, picnics, sports and other activities taking place in the park.

People were dancing with not a care in the world.  For about 4 hours it was nothing but peace and love.

Maybe the world would be a better place if there were more drums.

1-Drumline -line of drummers in Malcolm X Park DC
2a-drums being struck by man in park
2-hands and drums
3a-Children drummers in Malcolm X Park DC
3-Drummers in the park
4-Drummer in Malcolm X park
5a-Older woman dancer African style in purple dress
5a-Woman dancing to drumbeat in Malcolm X park DC
5b-Shirtless black male dancing to beat of drummers in park
5-man and woman dancing in park
5n-Young woman dancing to drumbeat in Malcolm X park DC
6-a Excited Dancers in park
6-Drummer family in park
7-Man and child drummers African American in park
8a-portrait of older man shirtless with red bandana in park dc
8-beautiful woman in african style clothing
9-Woman on tightrope in park
9y-Woman walking on tightrope with boy on bicylcle
boxers boxing in park on Sunday afternoon
Male Fight-dance ceremony in Malcolm X park

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Lonnie Dawkins is a fine arts photographer in the Washington, DC area. His focus is portraits, portfolios, and events.

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