A Conversation with Susan Green, Lori Tharps, Anna Holmes, and Rebecca Carroll

Date: Tuesday, June 12 from 7:30 PM – 9:00 

Location: Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton Street (at South Portland), Brooklyn, NY 11217

Susan Green presents The Marriage Battle: A Family Tradition
Lori Tharps, author of Same Family, Different Colors
Anna Holmes, creator of the documentary The Loving Generation
Moderated by Rebecca Carroll
Co-sponsored by Lambda Literary

On June 12, 1967–known as “Loving Day”–the Supreme Court struck down state laws outlawing interracial marriage in the case of Loving vs. Virginia. Forty-six years later, on June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, making same-sex marriage legal nationwide.  In celebration of Pride Month and Loving Day, Greenlight is proud to host an event celebrating the freedom to marry with a panel of creators discussing their work on the legacy of Loving vs. Virginia.

Susan Green’s book The Marriage Battle: A Family Tradition is a story about American culture as told through one family: Green’s parents married in the 1960s, enduring prejudice and official barriers because she was white and he was black–and like her parents, Sue fought for the right to marry her wife Robin.  Lori Tharps’s book  Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America’s Diverse Families also starts with her own family experience as the mother of three mixed-race children, weaving together personal stories, history, and analysis to explore the myriad ways skin-color politics affect family dynamics in the United States. Anna Holme’s documentary series The Loving Generation tells the story of a generation of Americans born to one black parent and one white parent, whose narratives provide a fascinating and unique window into the borderland between “blackness” and “whiteness”, and, in some cases, explode fixed ideas about race and identity.

Join us for a reading, screening and discussion, moderated by Rebecca Carroll, producer of special projects on race at WNYC.

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