A National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History award winning film will be shown for free in Montclair on Wednesday.
The Montclair Historical Society is showing “Created Equal: The Loving Story”, a moving account of Richard and Mildred Loving who were arrested in the middle of the night in 1958 for violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Their struggle culminated in a landmark Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia (1967) which overturned anti-miscegenation laws in the United States.“The Loving Story” brings their marriage to life and discusses the legal battle that followed through little-known filmed interviews and Life magazine photographs.
Lillian Edwards, professor of history at Drew University, presents the contextual backdrop for viewing the film and will then engage viewers in a discussion about civil rights in the United States.
“Created Equal: The Loving Story” is scheduled to be screened on Wednesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton. Admission is free and no pre-registration is required.
Descriptions and clips of each film are available through the Created Equal website at www.createdequal.neh.gov.