Loving v. Virginia
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.