The Loving Story — Film Screening

11167654_800Africana Studies, Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, Humanities Forum
Monday, February 10 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies and the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, and co-sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities.

The Loving Story, a documentary film, is a moving account of Richard and Mildred Loving, who were arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage. Their struggle culminated in the 1967 landmark Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia. The film was directed by Nancy Buirski and produced by Nancy Buirski and Elisabeth Haviland James.

Though often overlooked among the pantheon of civil rights stories, Mildred and Richard Loving’s quest to live together as husband and wife in the state of Virginia was a pivotal struggle. A white man and a part black, part Cherokee woman were in love and did not understand why their marriage was a criminal offense in the eyes of state. There are few Supreme Court rulings that have had the impact that the Loving case had on our culture and politics: In 1967, the year of Loving v. Virginia, sixteen states had laws against interracial marriage.

A discussion on the film will follow on Tuesday, February 11. Click here for additional information.

Admission to this event is free.

View HBO’s official trailer for the film:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h62ZBiHNJoM&w=560&h=315]

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