June 26, 2018

Mr. and Mrs. Loving

You can once again watch the wonderful Mr. and Mrs. Loving, with Timothy Hutton and Lela Rochon (made for television, 1996), and not available on DVD right now, on Amazon Prime. While Nancy Buirski's Loving and The Loving Story, interpretations of the battle Mildred and Richard Loving fought to overturn the Virginia law against miscegenation are also available, I have a soft spot for the 1996 film and am glad to see it for the first time in a number of years.

I hope it remains on Amazon Prime long enough for my fall class on Law and Society to get a chance to see it. Many of my students would have been five years old or younger when it first aired, and of course wouldn't have been born yet when the U.S. Supreme Court decided the history-making case (1967). Maybe their parents weren't either?

A short bibliography of the movie and the case.

ACLU, Loving: Looking Back at the Landmark Case, Loving v. Virginia

Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967).

Patricia Hruby Powell, Loving Vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case (Chronicle Books, 2017).

Robert A. Pratt, Essay: Crossing the Color Line: A Historical Assessment and Personal Narrative of Loving v. Virginia, 41 Howard L.J. 229 (1997/1998).

Peter Wallenstein, Virginia Hasn't Always Been For Lovers: Interracial Marriage Bans and the Case of Richard and Mildred Loving, 112 The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 440(4) (2004).

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