National Archives Holds Special Program and Screening of The Loving Story

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Case on mixed-racial marriage reached the Supreme Court and changed U.S. history

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Washington, DC…On Thursday, January 9, at 7 PM, the National Archives presents a program and screening of the The Loving Story, a documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving whose so-called "mixed" marriage was deemed illegal by their home state of Virginia, and whose case rose to the Supreme Court. Director Nancy Buirski and attorney Phil Hirschkop, an ACLU attorney who represented the Lovings, are scheduled to discuss the film.

This event, held in celebration of new "Records of Rights" permanent exhibit, is free and open to the public, and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th St., NW. This special program is presented in partnership with the Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film at the National Archives.

About The Loving Story

A racially charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this 2011 documentary film about Mildred and Richard Loving. The marriage of Mildred (who was part African American black and part Native American) and Richard (who was white) was declared illegal in 1958 by their home state of Virginia. They refused to leave one another and, with the help of the ACLU, pursued their right to happiness. Their case reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 1967 struck down laws against interracial marriage in this country. With newly discovered footage of the Lovings and their lawyers, first-person testimony, and rare documentary photographs, this film takes us behind the scenes of the legal challenges and the emotional turmoil of the landmark case. (77 minutes.)

Related program: Brown Babies: The Mischlingskinder Story

Tuesday, January 7, at noon, William G. McGowan Theater

Emmy award–winning journalist and executive producer Regina Griffin will present her 2010 documentary, Brown Babies: The Mischlingskinder Story. The film presents the story of the unwanted, ignored, and forgotten children born to German women and African-American soldiers after World War II. Winner of the Best Documentary award at the 2011 American Black Film Festival, this documentary chronicles the lives of the biracial, bicultural children, many of whom were placed in orphanages and left to live without the support of their parents and their countries. Presented in partnership with the National Archives' Afro-American History Society. (102 minutes.)

Related new permanent "Records of Rights" Exhibit

The new permanent exhibit at the National Archives, "Records of Rights," uses original documents, photographs, facsimiles, videos, and interactive exhibits to explore how Americans have worked to realize the ideals of freedom enshrined in our nation’s founding documents and how they have debated issues such as citizenship, free speech, voting rights, and equal opportunity. Exploring many stories—and showcasing the drive for civil rights for African Americans, women, and immigrants–the new exhibition chronicles the past and current generations whose efforts to secure equality under the law have shaped the country we live in today.

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