Traveling While Black Virtual Reality Experience

  • Wednesday, Dec. 15 – Saturday, Feb. 12
  • Wednesdays-Saturdays, Noon–8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Noon–6 p.m.

The SCC is supporting the McLean Community Center’s Traveling While Black VR experience. Registration is free through December. Register for a one-hour timeslot by clicking here.

In Traveling While Black VR, the immersion of 360° footage draws viewers into living history lessons told around a booth in Ben’s Chili Bowl. The Washington, D.C. restaurant has been a mainstay of the African American community since 1958, bearing witness to significant Civil Rights milestones that are woven into the film in powerful snippets of footage. The Traveling While Black VR experience/film was directed by Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams.

From the stirring memories of civil rights leader Courtland Cox to the heartbreaking words of Samaria Rice, whose young son Tamir was killed by police in 2014, VR allows Williams to connect the parallels of the past to the present.

Registration is required. MCC will sign in participants at the top of the hour, with a short introduction to the Occulus VR set, followed by the film that lasts approximately 20 minutes. Read more about the project here.

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Julie Lythcott Haims Returns to McLean

We are excited to welcome Julie back to McLean on April 26! Returning this time in a partnership with The Potomac School, she’ll discuss her new book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, as well as her previous books, How to Raise an Adult and Real American: A Memoir, Julie’s story of growing up Black and biracial.

When Julie visited in 2016, it was to a packed, standing-room only auditorium (and some crazy thunderstorm and power outage, for those who remember!). Julie is an amazing and entertaining speaker; she tailors her talks to her audience (and comes to us from Palo Alto, California, a very similar community to ours), and shares actionable ideas from her own experience as a parent, college dean of freshman, and woman of color.

We are planning book talks and an opportunity to purchase Julie’s books prior to the event and book signing. More details and registration to come in the new year!

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