I want to share and celebrate one of the times when love really did conquer all.
Richard and Mildred Loving were highschool sweethearts. When they grew up and wanted to get married, they hit a seemingly insurmountable obstacle–interracial marriages were illegal in Virginia, where they lived. They went to a northern state to get married, and then returned home. Five weeks later, they were both arrested–after spending a few days in jail, they were exiled from the town they lived in. They took their case all the way to the Supreme court.
Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967),[X 1][X 2] is a landmark civil rights decision of the United States Supreme Court, which invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
The case was brought by Mildred Loving, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man, who had been sentenced to a year in prison in Virginia for marrying each other. Their marriage violated the state’s anti-miscegenation statute, the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which prohibited marriage between people classified as “white” and people classified as “colored”. The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision determined that this prohibition was unconstitutional, overruling Pace v. Alabama (1883) and ending all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States.
The decision was followed by an increase in interracial marriages in the U.S., and is remembered annually on Loving Day, June 12. It has been the subject of three movies and several songs.
Speaking of songs, here is one I feel fits the mood of this post: