- Written by: Evelyn Coleman
- Illustrated by: Aminah Robinson
- Published by: Albert Whitman & Company
- Suggested grade level: 2nd – 3rd
Daddy Wes tells his children Mat and Martha that the drum has long been a powerful symbol to their African roots, and shares with them how the drum was the underlying heartbeat of their people through slavery, war, and the civil rights movement. Full-color illustrations.