Loving; Directed by Jeff Nichols. With Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon, Ruth Negga, Marton Csokas. Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married.
On October 3, 1904 Mary McLeod Bethune opened a normal and industrial school for African-American girls in Daytona Beach, FL. Started in a rented house with only five students, in less than two years she attracted 250 pupils. By 1916, the school had grown into the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute and was affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The school merged in 1923 with Cookman Institute for boys located in Jacksonville and became Bethune-Cookman College.
Roxie Roker, actress. She is best known for her groundbreaking role as Helen Willis on the The Jeffersons, half of the 1st interracial couple to be shown on regular prime time TV. A graduate of Howard University, she began her career with the Negro Ensemble Company and became a successful stage actress, later winning an Obie Award and and a Tony nod her role of Mattie Williams in The River Niger. She is the mother of rock star Lenny Kravitz and the cousin of NBC's Today Show's Al Roker…
Powerful story of the couple whose Supreme Court case overturned ban on inter-racial marriage. But the fight for marriage equality continues: http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/issues/lgbt-rights/marriage-equality