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Questioning Cinema: Loving



James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


In 1958, a Virginia mixed-race couple married in Washington, D.C. When they returned home, newlyweds Richard and Mildred Loving were found guilty of violating the state's anti-miscegenation statute that banned inter-racial marriage. The Lovings were sentenced to a year in jail. The judge suspended their sentence if they agreed to leave Virginia and not return for 25 years. Living in Washington, isolated from their families and familiar places and struggling financially, they became a test case for the American Civil Liberties Union.

In the landmark 1967 U.S. Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, the justices unanimously found that marriage is a basic civil right. This case was later cited in recent same-sex marriage cases. The film Loving illuminates the importance of the right to marriage and offers an intimate portrayal of the impact of Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws on the Lovings' relationship and family life. The film celebrates their firm resolve, founded in love, to overcome legal and social challenges. 
Discussion leaders:
  • Charles Schmidt, J.D., an adjunct faculty in the VCU Political Science Department, director of People's Law of Richmond, and an attorney with ACLU of Virginia
  • Carol M. Schall, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the VCU School of Education, director of the VCU Autism Center of Excellence and Virginia Autism Resource Center
  • Mary Townley, Schall's wife and co-plaintiff in the 2014 case that stuck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban, Bostic v. Schaefer
  • Anne Chapman, adjunct faculty for VCUarts Cinema and Virginia casting director for Loving


  • 5 p.m. - Screening begins
  • 7:15 p.m. - Discussion

This event is free and open to all, but seating is limited. Please register. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, or to register offline, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.


Registration is now closed.

Image: Loving movie poster


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