Reel and Meal Presents “Driving While Black”. Monday, February 20, 2023, 7 PM 

Reel and Meal Presents 

Driving While Black”

Monday, February 20, 2023, 7 PM

 Arrive/Log on by 6:45 p.m., as the program starts promptly at 7p.m

In Person: Please come to the New Deal Café at 113 Centerway (Roosevelt Center) in Greenbelt, MD; Come enjoy the new wide-screen film projection system. Masks are encouraged. Please check the Cafe’s Facebook page for updates on current in person guidelines. 

Virtual (on Zoom): Registration is required:

Plant-Based Meal: We encourage a plant-based meal to support our mission focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues.

 The New Deal Café serves a variety of plant-based meals.  Online attendees can order a meal for takeout at the Café. Greenbelt’s Co-op Grocery also offers takeout Dodah’s Vegan Lasagna at the Deli Hot Bar – pick up after 11am. 

Please note:   NDC Management asks that outside food not be brought into NDC.


Driving While Black (2020) explores the deeply troubling racism African Americans experience while driving on the nation’s highways starting in the early 1900s. 

The automobile offered African Americans freedom to travel at the same time as it exposed them to systemic racism across the country. 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 have lost their lives after being pulled over by the police.

William Ford, award-winning reporter for the online daily news website, Maryland Matters, will lead the discussion following the film. Prior to joining Maryland Matters, Ford covered Prince George’s County legislative topics for the Washington Informer newspaper. Join us to explore how the history of African Americans traveling across the country relates to ongoing racial injustice today.

The Greenbelt Black History and Culture Committee are co-sponsors of this month’s film with the Reel and Meal. The Reel and Meal at the New Deal is a monthly film series focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues, presented by Utopia Film Festival, the Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition and Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group.  

For more information on the series see the Reel and Meal Facebook page – Reel & Meal at the New Deal Cafe | Greenbelt MD | Facebook,

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