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Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case Hardcover – January 31, 2017
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Gr 8 Up—This title, depicting the individuals and events surrounding a watershed moment in U.S. civil rights history, is immediately relevant today. In 1950s Virginia, Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter fell in love and wanted to marry and raise their family where they were brought up. This was a problem: Loving was white, Jeter was considered "colored," and there was a law prohibiting interracial marriage. Still, the couple married in DC anyway, and after returning to Virginia, they served jail time. After years of separation and fighting the ruling, they connected with ACLU lawyers, and in 1967 their case was heard by the Supreme Court, which unanimously overturned the previous judgment against the Lovings in a landmark ruling. Written in free verse, this docu-novel alternates perspectives between Richard and Mildred. News clippings, maps, and archival photos add immediacy and context, as do Strickland's moving illustrations, in the style of "visual journalism," which she explains in an appended note. The volume also features a time line of relevant events and an appended summary of the Lovings' lives after the case. The bibliography displays the author's extensive research, which included interviews with those who were connected to the couple, and the free-verse style personalizes the historical events, which reach directly into today's headlines. No single book can tell the whole story, of course, and this offers a rich opportunity for students and adults to discuss urgent and perennial questions: In any retelling of history, what has been left out? Is every story an open subject for every author? VERDICT A natural addition to any school or public library. With the new film Loving and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, there will be increased attention on the Lovings' story.—Kristin Anderson, Bloomingdale Public Library, IL
"Presented through the alternating voices of Mildred and Richard Loving, the reader enters the lives of two people in a tight-knit community who fall in love and are forced to leave the world they have known. We grow up with them and understand their quiet strength. Patricia Hruby Powell sets the Loving's story within the historical context of the Civil Rights Movement thereby allowing readers to gain a greater understanding of the fight for equal rights, at both the personal and societal level." -Jennifer Kelley Reed, Teacher Librarian and blogger at Reederama
"Convincing portraits of Mildred and Richard Loving's courtship, marriage, troubles, trials and triumph."--Charlotte Observer
"Powerful and riveting."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Offers insights into the couple who never imagined they would make civil-rights history."--Austin American-Statesman
"Compelling and heartrending, this true story personalizes the civil rights movement."--Common Sense Media
"Immediately relevant today. a rich opportunity for students and adults to discuss urgent and perennial questions."-School Library Journal
"Fine, dramatic storytelling in a memorable verse format."-Booklist, starred review
"Excellent starter book for those interested in learning the basics of the civil rights movement."-Publishers Weekly
"Readers who enjoy history, art, love stories, and the fight for equal rights will enjoy this biographical fiction. The timing of the book is perfect."-VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates
"This stunning book is a must-purchase for the simple pleasure of its poetry, its genuine and moving story, and its respectful consideration of this monumental case on its 50th anniversary."--School Library Connection
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Patricia Hurby Powell effectively tells the story—in alternating verse—of Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving, the interracial couple whose marriage led to the Supreme Courts’ decision to overturn Virginia’s law prohibiting blacks and whites from marrying one another.