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The Loving Story

DVD

77 minutes
Source: Icarus Films

Married in Washington, D.C. in 1958, the Lovings returned home to Virginia where their marriage was declared illegal--he was white, and she was black and Native American. This film documents the legal challenges and emotional turmoil they endured, and is the definitive account of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage.

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Over 8,000 children and teenagers were forcibly sterilized at The Lynchburg Colony for the Epileptic and Feebleminded in Virginia between 1927 and 1972, the state claiming they had hereditary defects.

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