Review: The Case for Loving

Posted on February 12, 2015

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February is Black History Month

black history bannerIn observance of Black History Month, Advice from a Caterpillar spotlights new releases in nonfiction picture books that celebrate achievements of African Americans and the heroic deeds of two Africans who changed the world. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s a love story that changed history.

Case for Loving coverThe Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage
Written by Selina Alko
Illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko
Arthur A. Levine Books
January 2015
40 pages

Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter were in love. Like all young couples, they wanted to get married and raise a family together. But Richard’s skin color happened to be lighter than Mildred’s. The year was 1958, and they lived in Virginia where people with different skin color were not allowed to marry. Interracial marriage was legal in nearby Washington, DC, so they held their wedding over there. Back home in Virginia they were arrested. The only way Richard and Mildred Loving could stay together was to move to Washington, DC. They made a new life in the city and raised three children. But they missed rural life in Virginia and they were determined to take their children back home. That long journey back home led them all the way to the Supreme Court.

As an interracial couple, husband and wife team Selina Alko and Sean Qualls present a landmark historical event that is dear to their hearts. As illustrators they use the brilliance and contrast of color enhanced with whimsical collage to convey emotion in each scene. Through her sensitive storytelling and their combined artwork, Alko and Qualls weave the struggle for equal rights into a compassionate love story. The Case for Loving paints a human face on the struggle for marriage equality.

Copyright (c) 2015 by Peggy Tibbetts

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