Driving While Black
Driving While Black (2020) explores the deeply troubling racism African Americans experience while driving on the nation’s highways starting in the early 1900s. It freed Blacks from the discrimination of segregated bus and train stations and allowed them to bypass all-white racist sundown towns. It gave rise to the Green Book that listed safe places where they could stop along the way. But being stopped by the police was always a danger that continues up to today. Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Rayshard Brooks and now Tyre Nichols all lost their lives life after being pulled over by the police.
The film begins at 7 p.m. on February 20, and will be screened in-person at the New Deal Cafe, and online via Zoom (registration required at https://tinyurl.com/ReelnMealFeb20).
William Ford, award-winning reporter, will lead the discussion following the film.
The New Deal Cafe offers a full menu for the live screening. There will be a drawing for a $10 voucher to cover in-person meal expenses.
Reel and Meal at the New Deal is a 15 year-long monthly film series focused on environmental and social justice issues, presented by the Utopia Film Festival and the Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition. For more information, visit the Reel and Meal’s Facebook page.
You can view a trailer for the film at pbs.org/video/extended-trailer-cokwee.