Patricia Hruby Powell on “Loving vs. Virginia”

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Loving Vs. Virginia: RWYK Interview With Patricia Hruby Powell

Hello RWYK family! On this episode of the RWYK podcast, our host Jed Doherty  spoke with Patricia Hruby Powell as a part of our Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations.  Patricia is an award winning author of an important biographical children’s books including Josephine, which details the incredibly life of Josephine Baker. Her latest book Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case is a story of a landmark civil rights case that legalised marriage between races. It’s also about segregation, prejudice, injustice, discrimination, love, and devotion!

In today’s episode, Patricia joins us to talk about her book , How she researches for her stories, what drew her to this subject, lessons she wants kids to learn from her book and much more. We hope you enjoy this interview as much as we did recording it!


Here’s more information about Patricia Hruby Powell

Patricia Hruby PowellPatricia Hruby Powell’s previous book, Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, won a Sibert Honor for Nonfiction, a Coretta Scott King Honor, and five starred reviews. Patricia danced throughout the Americas and Europe with her dance company, One Plus One, before becoming a writer of children’s books. She is the author of  Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, an extraordinary portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker written in exuberant verse.  She lives in Champaign, Illinois.


More about Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case

Written by Patricia Hruby Powell

Illustrated by Shadra Strickland

From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalised marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.

In this episode

  • You’ll hear an excerpt from Loving vs. Virginia
  • Patricia’s  writing and research process, and her inspiration for her books
  • What made her decide that Richard and Mildred loving’s story was one that she wanted to tell
  • What kind of message she would like children to take from reading Loving vs. Virginia
  • Jed & Patricia discuss how civil rights changed America and the way we live today
  • We learn what is Patricia currently working on and some interesting facts she found during her research for her books.


So, there you have it. We’re sure you’ve enjoyed learning about Patricia’s writing journey from him as much as we did! If you’ve enjoyed this episode then please rate and review our show in iTunes and share it by clicking the social media buttons at the bottom of this page!

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A big Thank You to Patricia Hruby Powell for this interview and we’re sure your powerful book will educate young children and will change their lives!


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