New Orleans Gambit – The New Orleans Loving Festival

June 14th, 2013

The third annual Loving Festival includes films about multiracial identity, art and social events, as well as a new look at the couple behind the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which declared race-based marriage bans unconstitutional.

The festival begins Thursday, June 6, with a reception at Stella Jones Gallery for the opening of Grey Villet: Loving Family Portraits. Villet was a Life magazine photographer who took a series of portraits of Mildred and Richard Loving in 1966.

  Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter married in Washington, D.C. in 1958 because interracial marriages were illegal in Virginia, where they lived. The Lovings were arrested and sentenced to jail terms after someone in their town notified police of their marriage. Eventually, the American Civil Liberties Union took up their case, appealing it all the way to the Supreme Court, which nullified the Virginia law and banned all similar state miscegenation laws.

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