“The Loving Story,” an HBO documentary and produced y Augusta Films and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be screened at the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum on Saturday, July 28 and will be followed by a panel discussion with leaders from the civil rights movement.
Directed by Nancy Buirski, “The Loving Story” tells the tale of Loving v. Virginia, a watershed civil rights case in which the United States Supreme Court declared Virginia’s anti-miscegenation statute unconstitutional in 1967.
A racially charged criminal trial and a heartrending love story converge in this documentary about the Lovings, an interracial couple who fell in love and married at a tumultuous social and political time in American history, yet nevertheless brought about change where previously no one else could.
Through archival footage of the Lovings, the film revisits this public battle through the eyes of a private couple who simply fell in love and wanted to have the right to get married and live in the place they called home.
Panelists include Retired Federal Judge U.W. Clemon; Sephira Shuttlesworth, wife of Civil Rights Activist Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth; Virginia Volker, retired University of Alabama History professor and current member of the Birmingham Board of Education; Civil Rights attorney W.L. Williams; and Benard Simelton, president of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP.
For more information, visit the official Website for the film.
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