Lady D

Popular jazz singer Lady D (Doris Fields) will perform at the March for Minden on June 8.

Lady D, a local jazz musician and performer at the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., is taking up the banner for a contaminated Fayette County community.

Doris Fields, better known as Lady D, will perform at March for Minden on Saturday, June 8. Arranged by the grassroots community group Minden Community Action Team, the march will be a re-enactment of a historic 1989 march by residents and national activists to draw attention to the plight of the people of Minden, which is contaminated by the carcinogen PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls).

Minden residents reacted with excitement to the news that Lady D would perform at the march.

“When the group suggested Lady D, we were worried she wouldn’t be able to do it, because she is a really big deal with a stacked schedule,” said Minden resident Annetta Coffman. “Then, she said she would, because she thinks the March for Minden is a very important event.”

Lady D, whose albums include “Nobody’s Bizness,” “My Turn,” Go Higher,” and the newly-released “Reflections,” has won several awards, including national recognition for her single “Go Higher,” which won the “Best Song” designation in a national competition for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. She performed at Obama’s Inaugural Ball in 2009.

She said she will be bringing her jazz to Minden, a community that residents say was decimated by cancer deaths after federal and state health officials failed to give aid to them after the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection (EPA) verified PCB contamination at Shaffer’s Equipment Co., a former Minden business, in 1984.

“West Virginia should not have even one community that is unsafe to live in,” Lady D was quoted in a press release from Minden Community Action Team. “I stand with the people who fight, and music is what I have to contribute.

“Hopefully, some amount of strength can be taken from it.”

The Minden Community Action Team suggests that those who want to attend or be involved in the June 8 march find the group on their Facebook page, “March for Minden!”

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