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: http://tinyurl.com/ReelnMealFeb2024