Photo & Documentary
Exhibitions  . The Loving Story: Photographs by Grey Villet  . 1965 
January 20– May 6, 2012
Photo: Mildred Loving peering through the front window of her house, King and Queen County, Va.
In 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving were arrested in a nighttime raid  in their bedroom by the sheriff of Caroline County, Va. Their crime:  being married to each other. The Lovings — Mildred, who was of  African-American and Native American descent, and Richard, a bricklayer  with a blond buzz cut — were ordered by a judge to leave Virginia for 25  years. This month, the International Center of Photography is mounting a  show of Grey Villet’s photographs of the couple in 1965. That exhibit  is complemented by an HBO documentary, ‘‘The Loving Story,’’ directed by  Nancy Buirski, which will  be shown on HBO  on Feb. 14. The film tells of the Lovings’ struggle to return home  after living in exile in Washington, where Mildred, gentle in person but  persistent on paper, wrote pleading letters to Robert F. Kennedy and  the A.C.L.U. Two lawyers took their case to the Supreme Court, which  struck down miscegenation laws in more than a dozen states. The Lovings’  belief in the simple rightness of their plea never wavered. Asked by  one of his lawyers if he had a message for the Supreme Court, Richard  said he did: ‘‘Tell the court I love my wife.’’
Julie Bosman
Exhibitions at International Center of Photography
HBO Premiere Valentine’s Day (February 14 th), Black History Month, 2012
lovingfilm.com

Photo & Documentary

Exhibitions  . The Loving Story: Photographs by Grey Villet  . 1965 

January 20– May 6, 2012

Photo: Mildred Loving peering through the front window of her house, King and Queen County, Va.

In 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving were arrested in a nighttime raid in their bedroom by the sheriff of Caroline County, Va. Their crime: being married to each other. The Lovings — Mildred, who was of African-American and Native American descent, and Richard, a bricklayer with a blond buzz cut — were ordered by a judge to leave Virginia for 25 years. This month, the International Center of Photography is mounting a show of Grey Villet’s photographs of the couple in 1965. That exhibit is complemented by an HBO documentary, ‘‘The Loving Story,’’ directed by Nancy Buirski, which will  be shown on HBO on Feb. 14. The film tells of the Lovings’ struggle to return home after living in exile in Washington, where Mildred, gentle in person but persistent on paper, wrote pleading letters to Robert F. Kennedy and the A.C.L.U. Two lawyers took their case to the Supreme Court, which struck down miscegenation laws in more than a dozen states. The Lovings’ belief in the simple rightness of their plea never wavered. Asked by one of his lawyers if he had a message for the Supreme Court, Richard said he did: ‘‘Tell the court I love my wife.’’

Julie Bosman

Exhibitions at International Center of Photography

HBO Premiere Valentine’s Day (February 14 th), Black History Month, 2012

lovingfilm.com

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    Film #104 out of 365 The Loving Story May 21st, 2013
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    Great documentary. It’s crazy to think this was not long ago! I’m glad I can love my boyfriend openly thanks to this...
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