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Loving vs. Virginia: Can you love who you want? Marry who you want? Can there be a "bad law?"

Loving vs. Virginia is the name of the U.S. Supreme Court case which ruled in favor of interracial marriage in 1967--not so long ago. Mildred Jeter, a black woman, married Richard Loving, a white man, in Virginia in 1958, were arrested, jailed, released and banished from Virginia, until their case went to court. Is this fair?

Patricia Hruby Powell

45 Minute Program



With the aid of a powerpoint, showing photographs and documents from her book LOVING VS. VIRGINIA, Patricia will lay out the case to students, a case that took place, not that long ago--1958-1967.
She will ask the students if they think this is fair. Why do they think what they think?
The students will get to know Mildred Jeter, a black and Indian woman, and Richard Loving, a white man, who grew up together in the same integrated neighborhood of Central Point in Caroline County, in the segregated society of 1958 - 1967 Virginia. We'll look at the extremes that authorities went to so that white children would not go to school with black children during this era. Have things changed today?

About the Author

Patricia Hruby Powell, formerly a dancer, storyteller, and librarian, is the author of four Junior Library Guild Selections. “Your modeled lessons will help me in my future writing classes.” “You are a dynamic speaker.” “Your energy and creativity lifted us.”

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