Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case – Book Review

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights CaseLoving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Five out of Five Stars

“In March 1966, Virginia sustained its anti-miscegenation laws—there would be no intermarrying. In its verdict, the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals referred to its decision of the decade before, Naim v. Naim, in which it ruled that it was within the powers of the state “to preserve the racial integrity of its citizens,” and to prevent “the corruption of blood.”

Overview

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case is a beautiful, heart-wrenching, sickening, compelling real-life story about an interracial couple fighting for their right to marry and reside in their home state of Virginia. The book switches between the viewpoints of Mildred and Richard and is told with a lyrical\poetic dialogue. Throughout the novel we are shown some historical photographs, quotes by people in power at the time, and excerpts of legislation. Shadra Strickland illustrated this story magnificently. The colors and light she uses are breath-taking and I especially fell in the love with the way she drew her trees and grass. I really cannot praise her enough!

Pet Peeve

I have no pet peeves! I felt angry and upset during a lot of this book, but only because it is amazing to me how unjustly African-Americans were (and still are in a lot of ways) treated. The fact that interracial marriage only became legal in 1967 is INSANE considering that was only fifty-one years ago.

Praise

I instantly fell in love with Mildred and Richard and the way that their dialogue was written in this lilting, musical, poetical style. This is a well-composed book full of detailed information about the laws of the time period and even contrasting photos between African-American protests and “racial purity” protests and white school classrooms and African-American school classrooms. The whole documentary-style book worked very well and read as one cohesive story despite all the different mediums used to tell the story. I was a rollercoaster of emotions as I read through Loving vs. Virginia, especially (view spoiler)

Final Thought

I 100% recommend this book to ANYONE, especially those who are interested in history and its preservation.

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