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The Whole Staircase: Films Celebrating 400 Years of African American History & Culture

Loving (2016)Loving

"The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court." - publisher's marketing

On June 12, National Loving Day, the SAC and PAC Libraries will show this film. Please note, there will be no formal post-screening discussion.

Run time: 123 minutes

This film is rated PG-13 for thematic elements

Licensed through Swank

Screening Date and Locations

June 12, 2019 - National Loving Day
Location: Palatka Campus Library, L-219C

Location: St. Augustine Campus Library, room L-112

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

All are welcome to this free event!

Resources for Further Exploration - Loving

Online Resources

Loving v. Virginia - The text of the ruling.

'Illicit Cohabitation': Listen To 6 Stunning Moments From Loving V. Virginia - Posted by NPR, this site provides 6 audio clips from the hearing with a transcription

'Loving' movie gives new significance to landmark court case - Originally published in the ABA (American Bar Association) Journal

The White and Black Worlds of Loving v. Virginia - From Time magazine

LIFE Magazine and Loving: The Photos That Captured a History-Making Couple

Books and eBooks at the SJR State Library

Books may be checked out by community patrons as well as SJR State students faculty and staff. If a title is located at another campus, the book may be sent to another campus upon request.

Please note: eBooks are only accessible to currently registered SJR State students, faculty, and staff via MySJRstate due to licensing restrictions.

Celebration • Education • Reflection

H.R.1242/Public Law 115-102, the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act, establishes 2019 as a year of "commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies, at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619."  The commemoration is intended “to recognize and highlight the resilience and contributions of African-Americans since 1619; to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States; and to educate the public about the arrival of Africans in the United States; and the contributions of African-Americans to the United States.” In recognition of this commemoration and with the Act serving as a guide, the SJR State Library has organized a year-long series of events that will provide educational experiences and resources to students and the community that celebrate the history and culture of African Americans.

Site created and maintained by Dr. Christina Will. Pages will be added and maintained throughout 2019.
Maintenance will cease at the end of 2019 but this site will remain accessible.