Sunday is Loving Day

Sunday is Loving Day.

Learn more about the Loving Case and other milestones in the struggle for civil rights in the We The People exhibit at the MOT

Sunday, June 12, 2011 is the annual commemoration of the Loving v. Virginia decision

The Loving Case

Loving v. Virginia was an important Supreme Court case, but it was also the story of a real couple. Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving grew up in Caroline County, Virginia. They fell in love and decided to get married. Unfortunately, getting married was not as simple in 1958 as it was today. Mildred was black and Richard was white. There were laws that forbade people of different races to marry each other. This was true in many states, including Mildred and Richard's home state of Virginia. However, interracial marriage was legal in Washington, DC at that time. Therefore, they decided to drive to DC, get married, and return to Virginia to begin their life together.

This proved to be a short term solution. The law in Virginia not only forbade interracial marriage ceremonies, but it also forbade interracial couples from getting married elsewhere and returning to Virginia. One night, while they were asleep, the newly-married Lovings were awakened by the police in their bedroom. The Lovings were taken to jail for the crime of being married.

Loving Day commemorates the 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in the United States.

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