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ATLANTA (October 3, 2016) The battle to legalize interracial marriage (Loving v. Virginia), America's first marriage equality fight, went all the way to the Supreme Court in 1967, ending with a decisive win in favor of Richard and Mildred Loving. Now, the historic struggle is highlighted in the highly anticipated new film "Loving," scheduled to hit theaters November 4. The film stars Ruth Negga, Joel Egerton and 2012 Clark Atlanta University (CAU) alumna Terri Abney, who plays the role of Negga’s sister.
To help debut the film, Abney is coming "home" October 9-10, to her beloved Alma Mater with some big surprises for current CAU film and theater students. First, Sun., Oct. 9, 2016 at 3 p.m., Abney will host a private reception for select CAU students and faculty then, will accompany guests to a private screening of “Loving.”
Immediately following the screening at 5:30 p.m., CAU students will enjoy an all-star panel discussion with the film's director, Jeff Nichols; its producer, Oge Egbuono, as well as Negga, Edgerton, professor Cleo House, chair of CAU's Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts and Stephane Dunn, director of the Morehouse College Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies program.
"To be an integral part of telling a story that changed laws in America is moving," said Abney, in response to a question about the importance of being cast in "Loving." "This case was a step in the right direction in terms of moving the needle forward during the Civil Rights Movement," she continued.
To kick off homecoming week, Abney, a former CAU student orientation guide and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., will come back to CAU again Mon., Oct. 10 at 11 a.m., to speak to a class of film and theater students in the Mass Media Arts program. She will also enjoy a meet and greet with students on the Promenade, participate in “selfies” with students, give away movie "swag bags" and grant exclusive interviews with student reporters from The CAU Panther and other campus newspapers in the AUC.
"I spent four of the best years of my life at Clark Atlanta," she said. "The Theatre Department was my home. I’m excited and honored to return to the institution that taught me to 'find a way or make one'."Category: Alumni, Arts and Sciences
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