By Peter Manos
Directed by Deb Royals Mizerk, Music Direction by Ronzel Bell
Dates: February 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 at 8pm
February Feb 16, 22, 23 at 3pm
Running time: 1hour and 15 minutes
Pure Life Theatre Company
3801 Hillsborough St. Suite 113 Raleigh, NC 27606
The greatest Love story in America history is appropriately enough the Loving story. In the 1950s, Richard Loving, a white Virginia construction worker, loved Mildred Jeter an African American. Virginia state law prohibited interracial marriage, and, when state authorities found out Richard and Mildred had married, the couple was arrested an put on trial and received a 25 year jail sentence, suspended if they left the state. They tried to make a life in Washington D.C., but found it dangerous for their three children, so they moved back to Virginia, where they were arrested and allowed never to meet under the same roof on pain of jail. They appealed their case to the Virginia Supreme court where the state again ruled against the Lovings. Finally, in a landmark United States Supreme Court decision, Loving V Virginia, laws prohibiting interracial marriage were ruled unconstitutional.