Lov­ing v. Vir­ginia

Rappahannock News - - FROM PAGE ONE -

The much-dis­cussed film “Lov­ing,” which tells the story of Lov­ing v. Vir­ginia — which hit pretty close to home one half cen­tury ago — is be­ing pre­sented by the Scrab­ble School Preser­va­tion Foun­da­tion to­mor­row evening, Fri­day, Nov 10, at 6:30 at the his­toric Rosen­wald school for African-Amer­i­can chil­dren (111 Scrab­ble Road, near Rt. 522).

Lov­ing cel­e­brates the courage and com­mit­ment of an in­ter­ra­cial cou­ple, Richard Perry Lov­ing and Mil­dred Jeter Lov­ing (por­trayed by Joel Edger­ton and Ruth Negga), who mar­ried and then spent the next nine years fight­ing for the right to live as a fam­ily. The white hus­band and African Amer­i­can wife had been sen­tenced to one year in prison in Vir­ginia for vi­o­lat­ing the state’s an­timis­ce­gena­tion statute.

The re­sult­ing civil rights case, Lov­ing v. Vir­ginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court — ar­gued be­fore then Chief Jus­tice Earl War­ren — which in 1967 reaf­firmed the very foun­da­tion of the right to marry and in­val­i­dated laws pro­hibit­ing in­ter­ra­cial mar­riage.

The film was nom­i­nated for nu­mer­ous awards, in­clud­ing a Golden Globe nom­i­na­tion for Best Ac­tor for Edger­ton and Academy Award and Golden Globe nom­i­na­tions for Negga. Rated PG-13, the film is 123 min­utes. Su­sanna Spencer can an­swer any ques­tions at con­tact@scrab­bleschool.org.

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