Fountain Street Church will show the documentary film Rhythm & Race: A History of African American Music in Grand Rapids on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 12:45pm. Admission is free. Rhythm & Race explores how music genres have influenced social justice, advanced equity for African Americans, and served as a platform for bringing awareness to injustice and racism. The film includes an exclusive interview with Curtis Rodgers, who co-founded the Grand Land Recording Company in Grand Rapids. Grand Land was the first recording company to sign a deal with now-legendary soul singer Al Green. Michael Saunders, the film’s director and a teaching artist for the West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology, and Micah Garmon, a student who worked on the project, will introduce the film and answer questions from audience members. “This project is a long-overdue celebration of the talent and beautiful musical culture of the African American community in Grand Rapids,” Saunders said. “As a city that has some very clear racial division and inequity today, perhaps in understanding the past we can overcome these problems.” Tickets are not required to attend the free film screening, but those interested are encouraged to RSVP by searching for “rhythm and race” on Facebook and choosing the Fountain Street Church event page.
Sunday, 10 November, 2019
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