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The Loving Story
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On June 2, 1958, a white man named Richard Loving and his part-black, part-Cherokee fiancée Mildred Jeter traveled from Caroline County, VA ,to Washington, D.C., to be married. At the time, interracial marriage was illegal in 21 states, including Virginia. Back home two weeks later, the newlyweds were arrested, tried and convicted of the felony crime of "miscegenation." Two young ACLU lawyers took on the Lovings' case, fully aware of the challenges posed. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of the Lovings on June 12, 1967. This precedent-setting decision resulted in 16 states being ordered to overturn their bans on interracial marriage.
- Bonus footage on the ACLU lawyers
…a perfect time capsule that illuminates the racist past of our country with a uniquely personal and poignant emphasis --Hollywood Reporter
If a documentary can inspire us to look past the politics and punditry to recognize the humanity of the people our laws demonize, then it has certainly done the nation a service. --Mother Jones
Its not just a story of a forbidden marriage, but of quiet people who were underestimated by everyone. --Colin Firth
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When I bought a house in 2001 there was something on the deed which stated that only whites could own the home--or even sleep there overnight.
There are also parallels with the gay marriage struggle going on right now. In 50 years (or less) people will be shaking their heads-
I remember years ago hearing about this story. Very glad to learn the background and also the significance of this case and how it impacted and changed legislation dealing with misegination (Dictionary definition: the interbreeding of people considered to be of different racial types). I give this film 5 stars and highly recommend it.