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Loving vs. Virginia

A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.

2018 Audie Winner; Junior Library Guild Selection; Winter Kids' Indie Next List Pick; Amazon YA Best Books of the Month - February 2017

©2017 Patricia Hruby Powell (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Inspiring Story with Amazing Narrators!

The reading of this story is absolutely AMAZING! Honestly, I've never been into a dual narrative like I have been with the reading by Adenrele Ojo and MacLeod Andrews. When they read together during the marriage ceremony of Richard and Mildred Loving... I got chills. I'm really hoping they read together again.

For those who don't know about this case, it's the one who made interracial marriage legal in the United States. This story takes us into the lives of Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter. They were friends as youths who eventually fell in love in 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, USA. Their families agreed the two were meant to be together and they fit together as a couple. The big issue with their love story is that Mildred is Black and Native American while Richard is white. Their romance faced many issues amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, and invasion of privacy by Virginian law enforcement. They were not legally allowed to be married to each other in Caroline County, which is where their family and friends were, so they were forced to move to Washington DC to live a life together. Their love broke the law so they weren't able to be seen together in Virginia. Thanks to their determination to return to their beloved families, hometown, and state of Viriginia, they would eventually change the law that said they couldn't be seen as legally married. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races. This is the story told in verse of that devoted couple with two young boys and a little girl who faced discrimination, were arrested twice and jailed once, had their children seen as "mixed illegitimate bastards," and fought discrimination for nine years and unanimously won their freedom to return home as husband and wife.

I remember finding out about the Lovings when I was looking into major court rulings of the 20th century for a school project way back in the early 2000s. When I found out it was a love story, I knew I had to find out how a love story could lead to a Supreme Court ruling. Needless to say I was confused, mad, and inspired by their story. It also helped me decide then and there that I wasn't going to be with someone who wouldn't fight to be with me like Richard and Mildred did for each other. It's hard picturing all the cruelty and hardships this young family faced. I can only hope that they're smiling and holding hands while walking on soft grass together in heaven.

Overall, I'd say this story is 4.5 but the wonderful narrators are 5 for sure.