TVC Film Series: Celebrating America in All Its Diversity
This monthly Zoom series is a twist on “dinner and a movie!” Starting at 6 PM, third Thursdays of each month. View the selected film with the group, or alternatively, on your own, then join in the discussion immediately after. Discussions will be led by a variety of people to be announced.
TVC Film Series feature for July 21:
The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s invalidation of state laws prohibiting miscegenation.
Watch "Loving" at your leisure on Netflix, or join our Zoom meeting at 6pm to see it with the group via Zoom.
A discussion led by John Green will follow at 8:00pm. If you choose to watch the film on your own, you're still welcome to join our Zoom meeting at that time for the discussion.
My name is John Green. I’m 71 years old and recently retired from a long career in health care. I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. I’ve lived in Rhode Island since 1974. Come this November, my lovely wife Nancy and I, will have been married 40 years. We live in the house where we first met. We are also the proud parents of one child, who’s also an artist.
Intro to the film
These days, we hear a lot about what’s called ‘critical race theory’. I can assure you, the issue of race and its impact on American life, is not a theory, but a well-established, institutionalized fact. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent, than in the lengthy and convoluted history of our prohibitions, regarding interracial marriage.
I was just shy of my 16th birthday, when the Loving v. Virginia verdict was handed down. For me it was clearly, one of the signature bright spots in the 1960’s. Of course at the time, it never occurred to me, that I would one day find myself, so directly and so deeply affected by it. My younger sister Joyce and I, left our home state of Kentucky, for New England, on the very same day in 1974. She was bound for Dartmouth and I was off to grad school at RISD. Both of us, got our degrees; both of us, met our future spouses up here. Both of them, just also happened to be white. Although my sister and I never faced any legal jeopardy, this film, this love story, does rekindle a lot of memories, a lot of empathy and loads of gratitude.
Third Thursdays of each month, free! Movies start at 6 PM, with discussion to follow. All welcome! Thank you to UnitedHealthcare for sponsoring the discussions for each film. The first 50 to register will receive a deluxe notebook from UnitedHealthcare for your notes during the discussions!
Registration is required!
Please click the "Register Now" button located at the top of this page. You will receive an email with the Zoom link early on the morning of July 21. Should you need assistance registering, please call 401-441-5240, and a service coordinator will lend a hand.