Film Showing, Loving (2016): Exploring Contemporary Issues of Race in Virginia
In support and recognition of Black History Month, the American Indian and Indigenous Community Center will be hosting an intersectional event that consists of the film showing of Loving. The film details 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. What many people don't know about Mildred Loving is that she also identified as Rappahannock, a Native American tribe of Virginia. Some historians suggest that she was not Native American, but identified as such to avoid laws and legislation associated with Jim Crow. Others suggest that she was in fact multi-racial, being of Black, Native and European descent. Regardless of what her race was, what we do know is that in many places, persons were labeled as either white or nonwhite. Stigma surrounding interracial relationships impacted both Black and Indigenous Communities, as well as many others.