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Partners for a Racism-Free Community host "Loving" movie premiere, post movie discussion

On Sunday, November 27, 2016, Partners for a Racism-Free Community in partnership with Celebration! Cinema will be hosting a screening and post movie discussion on Loving.
Scene from the movie, "Loving"

Scene from the movie, "Loving" /Photo courtesy of Focus Features

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On Sunday, November 27, 2016, Partners for a Racism-Free Community in partnership with Celebration! Cinema will be hosting a screening and post movie discussion on the movie "Loving."

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving is as poetic as their last name – two people who loved one another so much that they went against the law to be together. Many often forget that at one point in time interracial intimacy and marriage where strictly prohibited by law. In 1958 interracial couples showing any form of intimacy or getting married would have been a felony under anti-miscegenation (or in more contemporary terms: interracial marriage or intimacy) laws. In 1958 interracial marriage, discovered based on an anonymous tip submitted about potential interracial sex, landed Mildred and Richard Loving in a Central Point, Virginia jail. They were charged with felonies to which they submitted guilty pleas and were given the option to leave the state of Virginia rather than serving time in prison.

The Loving v. Virginia case was a landmark decision from the United States Supreme Court during the Civil Rights era. The fight embarked on by two Virginians seeking the right to love freely is particularly relevant as we look at how to address the current dynamics of post 2016 election America. As we continue to make sense of our current environment, one thing that we know is vitally important is better understanding our history of racial discrimination as a country. Following the movie, we will break down some of the main components of the case, discuss its historical significance and give attendees the opportunity to process the movie, their emotions and how ensure that the communities we build are inclusive.

Discounted tickets for this showing can be purchased here.

To learn more about the work of Partners for a Racism-Free Community, check out our website and consider supporting our organization this Giving Tuesday.

About Partners for a Racism-Free Community

Partners for a Racism-Free Community was built with racial justice as a goal; racial equity became the framework for the way in which our organization would accomplish this goal. Racial equity is, by definition the alternative to all forms of structural racism. This is what we know: equality is not the solution to any structural inequity that has resulted in generational oppression. Our work with organizations unveils the privilege built into our current institutions and assists organizations in navigating strategies and long term changes to create equitable spaces for everyone.

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