When Loving Was Illegal in Virginia

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Richard & Mildred Loving

Richard and Mildred Loving were an interracial couple whose marriage was outlawed in their home state of Virginia. In 1967, their case -- Loving vs. Virginia -- went all the way to the Supreme Court. Hope Ryden, a pioneering woman documentary maker, filmed the Lovings in the 1960s, but her footage remained unseen until it was rescued by director Nancy Buirski and producer Elisabeth Haviland James. They artfully combined it with other sources and new interviews to make the “The Loving Story." The documentary is now available on HBO Go and iTunes. 

— Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen