I wanted to let you know about an opportunity for your students this week. The Library will be showing a thought-provoking and eye-opening film this Thursday evening at 7pm in LARC 109. The film is free and open to all. Last Thursday, the Library showed an excerpt of the film along with a lecture about the landmark Supreme Court case that is the subject of the film. For those of us old enough to remember the 60s and 70s, (or before ) the film is a stark reminder of attitudes and actions from that era. However, I believe students may be surprised by some of the harsh language and by the fact that interracial marriage was actually illegal as recently as the 1960s. The film is an opportunity for them to experience firsthand a look into this aspect of the civil rights movement. The film tells the story of Mildred and Richard Loving. “When [the couple was] arrested in July 1958, in Virginia, for violating a state law that banned marriage between people of different races, such laws had been on the books in most states since the seventeenth century. But the Lovings never expected to be woken up in their bedroom in the middle of the night and arrested. The documentary brings to life the Lovings’ marriage and the legal battle that followed through little-known filmed interviews and photographs shot for Life magazine.”
Please join us and encourage your students to attend.
Made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Museum of American History.