February 23 (Thursday)
Black History Month fim series: The Loving Story
Join us for our first Black History Month documentary series and celebration! We are thrilled to be a part of a national dialogue that honors the lives of African-Americans. Through this shared experience we invite you to examine notions of urbanism, class, economics, culture, race, identity, and how it all helped shape American history. Free admission
Tonight's film is The Loving Story (78 mins), which documents the life of an interracial couple in the segregated south of 1958. A white man named Richard Loving and his part black, part Cherokee fiancée Mildred Jeter traveled to Washington, D.C., from Caroline County, Virginia, to be married. They returned home two weeks later only to be arrested, tried, and convicted of the felony crime of miscegenation. At the time, interracial marriage was illegal in Virginia and twenty-one states. The Lovings agreed to leave the state to avoid a one-year jail sentence; they could return to Virginia only separately. The film documents their fight to no longer live in exile but to return home with their children as husband and wife.