'Loving,' Film on Landmark Interracial Marriage Court, Opens

Based on Loving v. Virginia, the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case that overturned state bans on interracial marriage, the film Loving opens in theaters to strong reviews, as seen in The Guardian, The IndependentThe New York TimesThe Rolling Stone, and The Telegraph.

Perhaps more importantly, the film has presented the occasion for the sort of historical review that can further illuminate an already well-known, or well-cited, case. For instance, there is The Washington Post's bio-piece on Philip J Hirschkop, one of the civil rights lawyers who argued on behalf of the Lovings, as well as a podcast interview with him by the ACLU. Historian Renee Romano has cogently recontextualized the case via use of the period's journalism and photos, maps and polling data. Access to the legal facts of the case and to the decision itself still proves useful. And lastly, Time Magazine provides us with a virtual archive of Life Magazine photos that even now make vivid the life lived by a couple who agreed to make their love a civil case, one that continues to argue that Americans recognize, respect, and even value a range of personal decisions to commit to sharing and building a life.

Mildred and Richard Loving (Bettmann/Getty)

Mildred and Richard Loving (Bettmann/Getty)