Today, June 12th is known as “Loving Day.”
The reason today is loving day is because it is the 53rd anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court Case “Loving Vs. Virginia.”
It is a story that should be known to remind us how far we’ve come, and how complicated our past is.
Richard Loving and a woman named Mildred Jeter fell in love in the 1960’s and wanted to be married. Loving was white, and Jeter was black. In 1924, Virginia passed “The Racial Integrity Act of Virginia.” This banned marriages between black and white people in the state.
In 1958, Richard and Mildred went to Washington D.C. to get married. They returned to Virginia as husband and wife. Two weeks later, they were arrested and jailed by the local sheriff. After six months in jail, they reached a plea bargain with a local judge. They would be freed from jail…
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