Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

The Loving Story

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

The Loving Story

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The Loving Story. Produced and directed by Nancy Buirski. (DVD, 77 minutes; New York: Icarus Films, 2011. Ordering information available at http://www.icarusfilms.com.) Winner of the John E. O'Connor Film Award, The Loving Story portrays the legal battle over the right to marry interracially as waged by Mildred Jeter Loving, a woman of black and Native American descent, and Richard Loving, a white man. Native residents of the state of Virginia, they traveled to Washington, D.C., in June 1958 to marry. Upon returning to their home state of Virginia, they were soon arrested for breaking state antimiscegenation laws, convicted, and freed on the condition that they leave Virginia immediately and permanently. Their goal throughout the subsequent nine-year legal struggle was to freely return to Virginia together to live among friends and family.

Using extensive contemporaneous video footage, including newscasts, home videos, and interviews with the Lovings and their American Civil Liberties Union lawyers, director Nancy Buirski poignantly reveals the personal dynamics between the couple. …

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