Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

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There is an article in the Chronicle on the movie "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and how controversial it was when it came out in 1967.  It was a bold step.  Here is an excerpt from the article by Ruthe Stein.

    "But the 1960s were a different time. When Poitier and Houghton smooch in the back of a cab from SFO, it was the first time a white actress and a black actor had kissed in a major motion picture. Laws against miscegenation were on the books in 16 Southern states. A movie that couldn't be shown in one area of the country was a bad investment. Between the time the film was shot and released, a Supreme Court ruling, Loving vs. Virginia, overturned laws against interracial marriages.

    But they remained a sensitive issue not just in the South. In September of '67, a few months before "Dinner's" release, Secretary of State Dean Rusk offered to resign from the cabinet after his daughter, a Stanford student, married a black man."


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