Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

On June 12, 1967 Loving v. Virginia was won in court. In this epic case, interracial marriage was made legal across the country. Up until then, only a few states had several outlawed interracial marriage. In the 1967 film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, we are introduced to a young interracial couple.

Joanna Drayton brings her fiancee John Prentice come with her to introduce him to the family. The daughter of liberal parents, Matt and Christina, she sees no issue with her family accepting her relationship. However, this is the year 1967 and interracial marriage is still outlawed. Knowing that her parents are concerned about what will happen to her if she upsets too many people, she tells them that she loves him no matter what. However, it is not just her parents who disapprove, the Drayton’s maid believes that John is just trying to get ahead. While one of Joanna’s friends ends up being escorted out due to her revealing her hidden racism. Even the Monsignor who they want to marry them, has his own reservations. Later on, John’s parents come with the parents having a conversation about their children’s relationship. Matt discusses with Mr. Prentice, who has the same concerns about their relationship as they do.  Yet, in the end, Matt Drayton gives a speech about love and how love knows no bounds. Giving his approval for his daughter to marry her beloved fiancee, the Prentices and the Draytons enjoy a dinner knowing that their love will survive no matter what.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was not just a movie, but a political statement about interracial marriage. Back in the 1960’s, interracial marriage was a controversial subject. Yet, their is nothing wrong with two people who love each other getting married.On June 12, 1967, Loving v. Virginia was won in the United States Supreme Court to make interracial marriage legal.


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