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|Diversity Film 'The Loving Story'|
|Date||Wednesday January 30|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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Ellen Driscoll Playhouse
325 Highand Ave.
Piedmont, CA 94611
|maude [at] diversityfilmseries.org|
At a time when the Supreme Court is considering the fate of laws that prohibit gay marriage, this documentary tells the story of the battle fought by an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, to marry in their home state: Virginia. Until their landmark Supreme Court case was decided in 1967, Virginia prohibited interracial marriages. Today, this case seems prehistoric - yet the newlyweds were awakened in their bed in the middle of the night by flashlights shining in their faces. When they explained they were married, "Not here, you're not", and taking them to jail was the sheriff's response.
"In a rich collection of 16-millimeter film, old news clips and still photographs, the Lovings don't look like two people caught up in a cause; they seem like two people caught up in each other." The New York Times
The other heroes of this amazing story are the two very young ACLU lawyers who persevered to bring the case from their receipt of Mildred's modest letter asking if there was anything they could do, to their arguing the case before the highest court in the land.
"It ranks alongside Let Us Not Praise Famous Men in its stark beauty and searing honesty." A perfect way to celebrate Black History Month, or Valentine's Day.
What: FREE Screening of The Loving Story
When: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 6:30 PM Doors open, free coffee, tea and light snacks
Where: Ellen Driscoll Playhouse (connected to Havens Elementary School) 325 Highland Avenue, Piedmont 94611
*Presented by the Appreciating Diversity Film Series. DiversityWorks, and the Piedmont League of Women Voters.