‘The Loving Couple’ To Screen At Bay Street

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As a warm-up to the sixth annual Take 2 Documentary Film Festival, which will be held in December, “The Loving Story” by Nancy Buirski will screen at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor on Sunday, September 22.

The 77-minute documentary film has been called the definitive story of Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter, a mixed-race couple—Mr. Loving is white and Ms. Jeter is African-American and Cherokee Native American—who married in Washington D.C. in 1958. After the wedding, the couple returned to their home state of Virginia, only to be arrested and to have their marriage declared illegal.

Their case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled in 1967 in Loving v. Virginia that “under the Constitution, the freedom to marry or not to marry a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the state.” The decision made anti-miscegenation laws illegal.

After the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival-sponsored screening of “The Loving Couple” at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor on Sunday, September 22, at 4 p.m., co-producer Patti Romeu and film consultant and New York University history professor Dr. Martha Hodes will sit for a question-and-answer panel. Tickets will be $15 at the door. To learn more, visit ht2ff.com or email info@ht2ff.com, or visit baystreet.org or call 725-9500.

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