Just watched the documentary, The Loving Story, on HBO…it was sooo good, it made me cry but it was so sweet.
Once again, a great tagline: “They didn’t ask to be heroes… just to be happy.”
My sister and I were just actually just talking about whether we thought people really could have a long-lasting loving marriage…but this example made me have more faith in the idea.
I just loved the line when their lawyer, Bernard S. Cohen, asked Richard Loving if there was anything he would like them to tell the Supreme Court and Richard replied, “Just tell them I love my wife.”
I agreed with the lawyer, when he says at first he wasn’t won over by Richard, who looks like a Southern redneck with his 50s conservative crew cut. But then, he thought about how Richard didn’t have to put himself in this tense fight. He could walk away free, or make his wife move with him to another state, since he was the white male in the South and didn’t lack the same rights as Mildred, but he chose to fight with his wife for their right to marry solely out of love for her and her drive to fight for the principle of the matter.
*Also, I was pleasantly surprised to spot my old college President, Edward Ayers, from my year at University of Richmond, as a historian on the subject!
Spoiler!: Also, I couldn’t stop bawling once the title card explained that Richard Loving was killed when a drunk driver hit Richard and Mildred on a Saturday night, 8 years after the court ruling in their favor!! :(
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