Just weeks after marrying in Washington, D.C., in 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving (he was white, she was African American) were dragged from their bed in the middle of the night and jailed for violating a Virginia law against marrying a person of a different race. Convicted, they were banished from the state and spent the next nine years fighting for the right to return, eventually taking their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Thanks to the Lovings, the last remaining miscegenation laws in the U.S. were overturned.
Randal M. Jelks, associate professor of American Studies with a joint appointment in African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas, provides opening and closing remarks.
The Created Equal film series is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Bridging Cultures, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Films in this series include:
March 15, 2014 | Slavery by Another Name 
April 5, 2014 | Freedom Riders 
May 3, 2014 | The Loving Story 
All titles are presented at 2 p.m. on Saturdays in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch,
4801 Main St.