The program will start at 7 pm at the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway in Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt, following an optional vegan buffet for $14 beginning at 6:30 pm.
Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. is the Answer is a documentary about improving police-community relations as a way of addressing the tragic consequences of racial profiling. The acronym “L.O.V.E.,” coined by filmmaker A.J. Ali, is to encourage people to “learn about others in their community, open their heart to them, volunteer to be part of the solution in their life, and empower others to do the same.”
The film features nearly 30 interviews with members of communities across the country. Current and retired law enforcement members — including Baltimore Police Chief Melvin T. Russell, commander of the department’s community collaboration division — appear along with community leaders, social workers and psychologists who discuss the effects of racial profiling on American communities, and describe instances of healing reconciliation and transformative justice.
Following the film, representatives of the Greenbelt Police Department will explain their approach to ensuring racial justice in their policies and procedures and day-to-day actions. The discussion will be moderated by P.J. Andrews and the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions. P.J. Andrews is the Race Discourse Officer at the Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C.
The February Reel and Meal program is presented by the Baha’i Community of Greenbelt in partnership with Green Vegan Networking to promote community dialogue related to the oneness of humanity. For more information on this month’s program contact Nancy Joy Allchin at firstname.lastname@example.org.