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'River City Drumbeat' Is A Triumphant Story About The Power Of An Arts Education

River City Drumbeat is playing at Roxie Virtual Cinema from August 7 through August 21.

  On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing River City Drumbeat, a new documentary about the power of an arts education. For nearly 30 years, Edward “Narde” White has led an African American youth drum corps in Louisville, Kentucky.

The corps has helped hundreds of Louisville students embrace African drumming by giving them a sense of community and purpose amid economic struggles in their West End neighborhood. We’ll discuss the film’s testament to the power of music, love, and legacies. 


Anne Flatté, award-winning filmmaker and director of River City Drumbeat

Marlon Johnson, Emmy award-winning producer and director of River City Drumbeat


Web Resources: 

River City Drumbeat

Courier Journal, Kirby Adams: This new film goes behind the scenes of Louisville's River City Drum Corps

48 Hills, Pam Grady: Clap your hands, stomp your feet for ‘River City Drumbeat’

SF Chronicle Datebook, Allen Johnson: ‘River City Drumbeat’ shows the positive impact of music on at-risk youth