TRAVELING WHILE BLACK
The Fulton County Library System, in partnership with the Fulton County Department of Arts and Culture, will air the virtual reality experience ‘Traveling While Black’ beginning February 14 in recognition of Black History Month. Produced by Montréal’s Félix & Paul Studios and distributed by Centre PHI to Fulton County, the unique documentary provides a message about the dangers and injustices facing African Americans — in the past and present.
‘Traveling while Black’ is a term people use to illustrate that in America when you are Black and you are going from point A to point B, you are always at risk. The film is a cinematic virtual reality experience that immerses the viewer in the long history of restriction of movement for black Americans and the creation of safe spaces in our communities.
Viewers will get an opportunity to share an intimate series of moments with several of the patrons of Ben's Chili Bowl. The restaurant, which is also an iconic Black-owned landmark in the nation’s capital, was chosen because it has been a mainstay of the African American community since 1958. Ben’s Chili Bowl has witnessed significant Civil Rights milestones, which are woven into the film.
Viewers will reflect on their experiences of restricted movement and race relations in the U.S. Confronting the way we understand and talk about race in America, Traveling While Black highlights the urgent need to not only remember the past but to learn from it, and facilitate a dialogue about the challenges minority travelers still face today.
Register today and experience "Traveling While Black" at one of 18 libraries throughout Fulton County.
Those under the age of 18 will be required to submit the Traveling While Black VR Exhibit parental consent, prior to viewing.