The Loving Story

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Nancy Buirski, director of the documentary “The Loving Story,” recounts the love story of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple whose marriage was declared illegal in 1958 until they successfully fought their case in front of the Supreme Court, resulting in the landmark 1967 Civil Rights decision ending marriage discrimination based on race. “The Loving Story” premieres on HBO on February 14, at 9 pm.


Nancy Buirski

Comments [6]

Amanda Gulla from Chelsea, New York

Wonderful show on the Lovings today. I was a little baffled, though, when toward the end Mr. Lopate said that at the time of the Loving V. Virginia case, there were 48 states. That was 1967 and there were definitely 50 states by then. Were that not the case, then I fear that the birthers might actually have a point!

Feb. 15 2012 12:45 AM
Shelley from Wisconsin

Dear Leonard,

Thank you for conducting your interview with Nancy Buirski. I am very eager to watch her documentary, "The Loving Story."

I am also a WNYC member and listen to your show everyday, and am very grateful for both! I hope, therefore, that you won't be offended if I suggest that the 'g' in the word "miscegenation" is pronounced as a "soft" 'g', like the letter 'j'. This is illustrated in the online version of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary pronunciation and definition of the word: mis·ce·ge·na·tion
\(ˌ)mi-ˌse-jə-ˈnā-shən, ˌmi-si-jə-ˈnā-\

Best wishes.

Feb. 14 2012 01:08 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Why is marriage the business of the state at all? The state should only be in the business of registering civil unions. Marriage is a contractual vow made before God's clerics and witnesses. It should only be the business of the Church, Temple or Mosque, and not the state. The state is there to tax, to protect, and to regulate, and not to marry people. We must eliminate government marriage and replace it with civil unions for everyone. Marriage is a clerical issue.

Feb. 14 2012 12:59 PM
Joe from Flemington

I wonder if the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia would have passed a statewide referendum to end the miscogination law in 1967.

I'm thinking that Governor Christie's position would be the good people of Virginia should have had the right to decide rather than the activist courts.

Feb. 14 2012 12:51 PM
Jackie from Brooklyn

On YouTube you can listen to an excellent song, "Summer of Loving," that celebrates the Loving v Virginia case. Written by Roy Zimmerman, who writes "funny songs about ignorance, war, and greed."

Feb. 14 2012 12:46 PM

Nanci Griffith wrote a wonderful song called THE LOVING KIND about this couple.

Feb. 14 2012 12:45 PM

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