How often do you come across a film that you can relate to at a core level? When I first read about Loving being premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May of this year, I realized this may be just that film for me.
Based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving (could the surname be more apropos?), I couldn’t believe that someone had finally tackled the task of dissecting the difficulties of an interracial marriage in the mid-twentieth century.
Sure, we’ve all been told how controversial this was. I myself was born to a white mother and black father at the end of the 1960’s, and, despite the Civil Rights Movement giving my parents the right to love one another, I still saw the toll it took on them as individuals and as a couple. I had a hard time moving through the world, mainly because society told me I should be uncomfortable with who I am.
I have already bought my tickets for this award-winning film. I will be proud to share this piece of history with my daughters and give them a little more insight into just how far our world has come in the last fifty years.
If you haven’t read my story, I invite you to explore how I came to embrace my differences through my book, Contrast: A Biracial Man’s Journey to Desegregate His Past.