At the end of the 1960s, the United States experienced a rude awakening. After hundreds of years of anti-miscegenation legislation and strict reinforcement from the masses, the Supreme Court declared the prohibition of interracial relationships unconstitutional. This decision came on behalf of a Virginia couple, a white man and a Black and Native woman, who were imprisoned and banished for their violation of the “Racial Integrity Act.” Fittingly, the husband’s surname was Loving. The Lovings and their commitment to being with one another, despite the legal and social ramifications, took their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court 50 years ago. Today, they stand as the reason heterosexual interracial couples are able to be together without legal and political persecution.
At 7 p.m on Jan. 26 in Hall of Letters 100, a documentary centered on the Loving couple and their case will be screened free of charge and open to the public. Directly following the film, which has been highly acclaimed by critics and regular viewers alike, a facilitated discussion will take place to allow students – and attendees otherwise – to explore the documentary topics and the challenges faced by the Loving couple, as well as other related thoughts and ideas. Event organizers hope the screening and discussion energizes attendees to consider the importance, and impact, of history.