WMCAT Film Premiere

Video Production TeamWMCAT’s Video Production Studio is premiering a new documentary on the history of African American music in Grand Rapids. Join our teen film makers and Teaching Artist Mike Saunders for

“Rhythm and Race: A History of African American Music in Grand Rapids” Tuesday, February 28 at 6 p.m. at the UICA, 2 Fulton Street West.

The premiere, which is free to attend, will be followed by a panel discussion and feedback session with our student team, Mike Saunders and George Bayard III, the founder of the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives.

This project aims to explore how music genres influenced social justice, advanced equity for African Americans, and served as platform for shining a light on injustice and racism. Students were able to meet and interview music legends and new artists making their mark. The hour-long documentary is eye-opening and entertaining. Join us for the premiere showing, and give feedback on the film before students enter it in festivals.

This project made possible with support from

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