“Traveling While Black” Virtual Reality Experience
The SCC supported the McLean Community Center’s Traveling While Black VR experience during winter 2021-2022
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.
The Grammy-nominated Alphabet Rockers joined us November 15 at the McLean Community Center with a fun night of songwriting and collaboration, inspiring us to stand up to hate and be our brave beautiful selves. Parents and children became changemakers that use imagination and art rooted in self-acceptance as tools for change, inspiring generations of empowerment. You may have seen them on CBS This Morning or featured on YouTube Kids, and they sung and danced right along with us as we create songs to advocate for diversity, equality, and inclusion. For more information about the Alphabet Rockers, visit www.alphabetrockers.com.