This is something I wanted to write about for a while, so I was excited as soon as I saw this week’s challenge.
This is Mr. & Mrs. Loving.
For those of you who don’t know who they are, read on (taken from Wikipedia):
Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), was a landmark civil rights decision of the United States Supreme Court which invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
The case was brought by Mildred Loving, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man, who had been sentenced to a year in prison in Virginia for marrying each other. Their marriage violated the state’s anti-miscegenation statute, the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which prohibited marriage between people classified as “white” and people classified as “colored.” The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision held this prohibition was unconstitutional, overturning Pace v. Alabama (1883) and ending all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States.
The decision was followed by an increase in interracial marriages in the U.S., and is remembered annually on Loving Day, June 12. It has been the subject of two movies as well as songs. In the 2010s, it again became relevant in the context of the debate about same-sex marriage in the United States.
I am so grateful to them for all that they went through. I feel so blessed that my husband and I can live our lives together and color doesn’t matter.
If it weren’t for them, this picture of us wouldn’t exist.
Thank you for Mr. & Mrs. Loving….for everything.