STARTS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson
“In Loving, acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special, Mud, Take Shelter) celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown.
Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry—and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since. (Dir. by Jeff Nichols, 2016, USA, 123 mins., Rated PG-13)”
Carolyn’s note: Having grown up in multi-racial, multi-cultural Hawaii, I could not believe this case when I first read it in law school. I had a Japanese American Uncle Nobu who married a Hawaiian/Caucasian woman (my Aunty Annie) so I sensed the racism behind these cases of inter-racial marriage, but not to the extent of hatred exhibited on the U.S. Mainland against Black/White relationships.
Arizona did not allow inter-racial marriages either, and had to be challenged in court in 1959 by Tucsonans Japanese American educator Hank Oyama and his white wife Mary Ann Jordan. They prevailed in 1961 when the Arizona legislature repealed the anti-miscegenation law. My previous post on Hank Oyama’s memorial service (obituary) from Tucsoncitizen.com: https://carolynclassen.wordpress.com/tag/anti-miscegenation-laws/
America has come a long way since Loving vs. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967).