Just in time for Valentine’s Day and in conjunction with Black History Month, The Loving Story makes its HBO premiere on February 14 at 9pm. Co-produced by SVA’s Patricia Romeu (assistant director, Career Development), the documentary tells the story of interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving, who were arrested and exiled from Virginia in 1958 for violating laws that did not allow black and white couples to marry. Their nine-year quest to live together as man and wife was ultimately validated in 1967 by the Supreme Court in the landmark case “Loving v. Virginia,” which overturned bans against interracial marriage in 15 states across the U.S. Through archival footage and interviews with the Lovings, as well as with the lawyers and advocates involved, the film provides a powerful lens through which to examine contemporary struggles for social justice. Since its premiere last year, The Loving Story has played to sold out audiences across the country at venues including the Museum of Tolerance (Los Angeles) and the Museum of African-American History and Culture (Washington, DC).
A companion exhibition at the International Center of Photography featuring over 20 vintage prints by LIFE magazine photographer Grey Villet is also on view through May 6, 2012. For more information, visit ICP. And for more information about The Loving Story, visit LovingFilm.com.
Top image: Grey Villet, [Mildred and Richard Loving, their daughter Peggy, Mildred’s sister Garnet, and Richard’s mother Lola, on the front porch of Mildred’s mother’s house, Caroline County, Virginia], April 1965. © Estate of Grey Villet.