Reel and Meal at the New Deal

Reel and Meal is a monthly film series at the New Deal Cafe exploring vital environmental, animal rights, and social justice issues. Admission to the film is always free, sponsored by several Greenbelt community organizations. Contributions are gladly accepted to cover each month’s donation to a non-profit organization.

Reel and Meal events are in-person (limited seating) and online via Zoom.  Each month registration links will be posted here.  You can also reach out to Reel and Meal at

Date: Third Monday of every month
Time: The free film starts at 7pm.
Dinner: Dinners are available at the café after 4pm with several plant-based options.
Carryout: The Co-Op Supermarket Meatless Monday meals can be picked up from the “grab and go” for Zoom at-home viewing after 11am.
Location: Online or at the New Deal Cafe – 113 Centerway in historic Greenbelt, MD
Public transportation: The cafe is accessible by Metro Buses G12, 13, 14 and 16 from the Greenbelt Metro station.

February 19, 2024

Invented Before You Were Born

Invented Before You Were Born, screened in-house and on Zoom at 7 pm on February 19

In 1839, well before the Civil War, the will of Major Richard Bibb freed 65 enslaved people in Russellville, Kentucky. They inherited land, tools, houses and money – everything they needed to establish themselves as free Blacks in America. The film initially explores Major Bibb’s motives and the lives of the Bibb Freedmen. The film then shifts focus to modern-day descendants of the freedmen, particularly Michael Morrow, a local Black historian and descendant of Richard Bibb, who seeks to preserve the memory of the freedmen and their struggles. A poignant family reunion in Kentucky brings together descendants of both the enslaver and the enslaved, prompting candid discussions about race, slavery, and privilege. By presenting diverse perspectives and engaging with uncomfortable truths, “Invented Before You Were Born” fills a crucial gap in our understanding of Black history, encouraging viewers to confront the complexities of the past with honesty and empathy.

There will be a drawing for a $10 voucher to cover in-person meal expenses. Sponsored by the Greenbelt Black History and Culture Committee. Registration required of zoom participants: