It’s not too late to acknowledge that it’s “Loving Day”. Today, June 12th, honors Mildred and Richard Loving and their U.S. Supreme Court case, which in 1967 banned all remaining anti-miscegenation laws in the U.S.
The two married in Washington, D.C. in 1958. Upon returning home to Virginia, the Lovings learned — no doubt, via a prejudiced and inequitable system — that interracial marriage in Virginia was against state law; and as a result, they were arrested. After a long, arduous, process, the Lovings found justice in 1967.
Today is a celebration of their courage and determination — love and justice conquer all. While racial prejudice is still alive in our society, there are many victories to celebrate today. Without the struggles and dedication of the Lovings and the many others before them, the freedom and respect which rightfully belongs to all, would not prevail.
Thank you to the Lovings, to my parents, and to all who have blazed trails in the name of love.
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