From Ellen Druda
Author: Nancy Buirski
Title: The loving story [videorecording DVD]
On the surface, The Loving Story is simply about Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple in the 1960’s, and their struggles in the Jim Crow South. Filmmaker Nancy Buirski has put together an amazing compilation of interviews and unearthed archival footage that brings us beyond the news coverage at the time of the Loving’s legal fight to be together wherever they chose to live, and into the personal revelations of the parties involved. We hear from their lawyers, both at the time of the Supreme Court ruling and now, looking back. The Loving’s children, neighbors, friends, and extended family are also seen both then and now. What emerges is the story of a couple, ordinary people just asking to live like ordinary people do. The civil rights struggle is the heart of the film, and although it focuses on the case of the Lovings in the 1960’s, the fight is still relevant today.
From Susan Martin
author: Stockett, Kathryn
A very powerful commentary on racial inequality in the South during the 1960’s. This is a page-turner and is also very entertaining despite the subject matter. I’ll look forward to seeing the movie version.
From Monica Salo
author: McKissack, Patricia C.
It is the year 2170 and Leanna is enrolled in the All-Virtual-School. She is studying slavery by virtually being part of the escape to the north with Harriet Tubman. Her life soon parallels the historical events that she is studying in school. Her mother, a respected psychologist, is arrested for being part of the Liberty Bell Movement. It is a movement that is supporting the rights of clones who serve as slave labor. Leanna, who always thought she was a “First”, an original biological being, finds out after her mother’s arrest that she is a clone. Asking for her mother’s friend for help, she soon learns of her importance to the movement that takes her on a fast paced adventure. Its ties to civil rights and identity will be an added plus.