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Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 08/04/2011

Transit agency workers, known as Metro Divas, entertain crowd

Four Metro employees who work a range of jobs, from cleaning rail cars to clerking in systems maintenance, performed at a free musical concert at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.

The ladies, better known as the Metro Divas, drew about 400 people — standing room only — to Tuesday’s concert.

The group includes: Angela Gordon of Upper Marlboro, who works in Metro’s public relations department; Marilyn Ashford-Brown of Glenn Dale, who works as a clerk and has been with Metro for 32 years; Barbara Green of the District, who has cleaned rail cars fro 20 years; and Monic Morgan of Upper Marlboro, who works as an office administrator in the operations department.

Check out the video of the ladies singing, http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/artists/?entity_id=75276&source_type=B.

The ladies didn’t know one another well until they were selected to form a group by Michael McBride, the manager of MetroArts, the agency’s Art in Transit Program. McBride saw each of them perform individually last August at a Metro talent show and chose them from 15 acts.

“These four ladies stood out,” he said. “People were dancing and clapping. They are talented, and they represent the agency well. They needed to have a venue to share their talents with more people.”

McBride said the Metro Divas represent another side of the transit agency, which is often in the public eye for its faulty escalators, safety problems and perennial repair work.

“They help to humanize Metro,” he said. “People take Metro every day. They think of Metro as a service with trains and buses, but our staff have another dimension to their lives. The more you know about people, the more sensitive you are.”

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