Fort Scott National Historic Site shows PBS documentary "The Loving Story" with discussion to follow

Fort Scott National Historic Site News Release 

Contact: Bill Fischer, bill_fischer@nps.gov, (620) 223-0310

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Fort Scott shows the PBS documentary The Loving Story

FORT SCOTT, Kansas: Fort Scott National Historic Site, in partnership with the Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site, present The Loving Story, a PBS documentary and guided discussion on Loving v. Virginia, the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in the United States. The documentary will be shown on Saturday, February 6, 2016, in the Fort Scott National Historic Site theater, beginning at 1:00 p.m. University of Kansas professor Joo Ok Kim will follow with a guided discussion of this forgotten episode in American history.

When Mildred and Richard Loving were awoken in the middle of the night at their home in July 1958 and arrested for violating the Virginia Racial Integrity Act of 1924, few could envision a legal battle lasting nearly a decade. Faced with prison, the Lovings accepted a plea deal which required them to leave Virginia for 25 years. Moving to Washington DC, they soon longed for family, friends, and their rural lifestyle. In 1963, the American Civil Liberties Union began moving their case through the US legal system until it reached the Supreme Court. Unanimously voting to strike down the law, Chief Justice Earl Warren declared that “the freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.” As a result, miscegenation laws in 15 states were overturned.

The program is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities/Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle series.

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