Loving Day

Today June 12th is the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia which struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in sixteen U.S. states. This happened only 50 years and that seems like a long time ago but it isn’t especially with the current state of things in the United States. The Loving’s story was most recently told in the 2016 film Loving. A simple outline of their story which takes place in Virginia Richard Loving, a white guy, falls in love with Mildred Jeter, a black lady, after learning that Mildred is pregnant they decide to marry. However, this is illegal in Virginia so they go to DC to get married. Returning to Virginia their home was raided Richard and Mildred were charged and sent to jail for a year, yet the sentence would be suspended if they left Virginia and not return for 25 year. From here the moved to DC but that didn’t last long as in 1964 Mildred wrote to Bobby Kennedy in protest of this, he directer her to the ACLU and as the rest is history.

It is a real shame that these individuals (Mildred and Richard Loving), this day or event doesn’t get remembered as well as other Supreme Court decisions. I grew up in Virginia and didn’t really hear about the Loving case until the film came out, so this needs to be remembered more than it currently is. Sure it’s great to celebrate multiracial marriages and everything that goes along with this but we all could do better


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