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Loving Day – June 12, 2013

by on June 8, 2013

Is this a day to celebrate being in love?  Kinda sorta.

Loving Day, celebrated on June 12th, marks the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving vs. Virginia which made all anti-miscegenation laws in the U.S. null and void. In this usage, the term ‘miscegenation’ refers to marriage, cohabitation, sexual relations and procreation between Whites and non-Whites.

Oh, yeah.

A scant forty-six years ago, hubs would have had to have been thinking about a lot more than if he could put up with my dad when he asked me to marry him. There would have been some jail time to be considered as well.

This brings me to the Lovings.

Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple, were legally married in Washington in 1958. Not knowing this was illegal in their home state of Virginia, they returned to Richmond. It was here, after numerous arrests and home invasions by local authorities, that the couple began their fight to have their union legalized.

Eventually they won the case and hubs didn’t have to worry about jail time when he asked me to marry him. Still there’s something, forty-six years later, about Whites and non-Whites marrying.

Think I’m kidding? What about that Cheerios’ commercial?

But back to something sweet and powerful – one of the most beautiful pictures of the Lovings is shown in a documentary by HBO,  The Loving Story. Click the link to view the photograph of them on their front porch. Mildred’s head is down, but there’s that smile about to spread across her face.  I just know that Richard is saying, “It’s all right, baby.” And she’s beginning to believe that it will be.

375756_643056912384666_1635496242_n_swirlawardsIn honor of this Supreme Court decision and in hopes that one day here in America the right to love  will be universal, join me and other authors on June 12th who will celebrate Mildred and Richard’s heroism and perseverance on The Loving Day Blog Hop!

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One Comment
  1. This is such an inspiring story. One day this world will realize what’s truly important and it isn’t skin color.

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