The cultural contribution of an outstanding black composer is traced in this portrait of William Christopher Handy, the man known as the “Father of the Blues.” The story reflects the political, economic and social conditions of America during the 1890s throught the 1950s, and the unique perspective of the composer of the “St. Louis Blues” and “Beale Street Blues.” His simple philosophies show how work, deterimination and talent can help one achieve his or her goals. A Vignette Films Production. 14 minutes, color. direct link to purchase video: