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Our favorite time of the year is finally here!

It is time to celebrate and dedicate the entire month of February to black history. Follow Sheen Magazine along the way as we’ll share black history facts throughout the entire month. Every day, we will share little-known facts, celebrate those who played made their mark in history, and the historic moments and events.

Mildred and Richard Loving

In 1958, the couple was jolted out of their bed by Virginia police for Violating the Racial Integrity Act of 1924. This act forbid interracial marriage. The couple was legally married in Washington D.C. but at the time, the couple was living in Virginia. Virginia was one of more than 20 states where interracial marriage was a crime.

The judge that saw the Loving’s case allowed them to leave the state to avoid prison time. This was when the two moved to D.C, leaving their family, friends, and farming community behind. While living in Washington D.C., the Lovings welcomed three children into the world.

It wasn’t until 1963 when Mildred saw an opportunity in which she felt she needed to take. She wrote Robert F. Kennedy asking for counsel. Kennedy referred her to the ACLU where the case was eventually turned over to the Supreme Court. In a unanimous vote, the judges ruled in favor of the Lovings. After this motion, many states began to overturn!

What did this freedom mean for Mildred and Richard?

They could return home, live free, and continue to love another without fear!

Richard Loving passed away in 1975 after being involved in an accident. Mildred went on to show her support for gay marriage. One year before her death and on the 40th anniversary of the Loving’s case, Mildred made a public statement saying, “The older generation’s fears and prejudices have given way, and today’s young people realize that if someone loves someone, they have a right to marry.”

 

I find it a coincidence that Mildred and Richard’s last name is Loving because that is exactly what they did for one another. They loved one another and fought for their beliefs, made their mark on the country, and became an inspiration to couples all over the world, then and now.

 

All information obtained on Biography

 

Featured Image: Free Lance-Star, via Associated Press | Obtained on The New York Times