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Film documents struggle to legalize interracial marriage in Virginia

Friday, February 1, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—A documentary account of the landmark 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage will be shown Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. at Hood College to mark Black History Month.

The Loving Story will be screened in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall.

The award-winning film recounts the little-known story of the nine-year battle waged by Rich Loving, a white bricklayer, and Mildred Jeter, who was black and Native American, to live in Virginia as man and wife following their marriage in 1958 in Washington, D.C. The film includes footage of the Lovings and their young ACLU lawyers, as well as first-person testimony by their daughter Peggy Loving and rare documentary photographs by LIFE Magazine photographer Grey Villet.

The event is sponsored by Hood's African American studies and social work programs; the Black Student Union and Tolerance, Education, Acceptance student groups; the Dean of the Chapel; the office of multicultural affairs; and the Wellness Center.