Nancy Griffith has long been a favorite artist of mine, ever since my college days of deejaying at WUOG, the student run radio station where I first played “Love at the Five and Dime”…and loved it.
While reading up on blog posts I want to reference in my upcoming post on then CA Supreme Court decision, I came across Howie Klein’s post, and discovered she’s got a new song out.
At 4pm we’re going to be talking with singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith over at Crooks and Liars. The title track of her new album, The Loving Kind, is the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a mixed race couple who were not allowed– by bigots like Boren, Price, Chaffetz and Jordan– to marry back in the 1960s. They lived in Virginia where, like in almost half the states, it was illegal for people of different races to get married. Just like Tom Price says today, there were horrible racists, just like him then saying “Nothing can be more important than the sanctity of our families.” The Lovings went to Washington, DC to get married. When they got home to Virginia, policed broke down their door at night, dragged them out of bed and threw them in jail.
One court case after another eventually led to a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court, Loving v Virginia to strike down all miscegenation laws (although, predictably, Alabama kept its own on the books). We’ll be talking with Nanci about her song today. Give it a listen:
Please, do give it a listen.