"Illegal?," I thought. "Does she mean...like a crime?"
That was indeed what Mom meant. It was then my parents taught me about Mr. & Mrs. Loving, an interracial couple that served jail time for falling in love and getting married. This was in the 1950s. Not the 1850s. The 1950s. The Lovings took their case to the Supreme Court and, in the 1960s, interracial marriage became legal all across the U.S.A.
Mom said a number of times, "You could just tell how much that man loved her by the way he looked at her." I saw these photos in my youth back home in Los Angeles. They still touch my heart.
LOVING opens next month. I will definitely go to see this one as soon as I can. Jeff Nichols, who wrote and directed MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, also wrote and directed LOVING.