Friday, June 12, 2009
Celebrating Loving Day
Today, June 12, is Loving Day, a time to remember Richard and Mildred Loving, the couple--he was white; she was of mixed black, white, and Indian ancestry--whose suit resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court overturning laws against interracial marriage in at least 16 states.
You can read more about the Lovings at the link above or at lovingday.org.
For two years, my wife and I hosted Loving Day celebrations at our home in Washington, D.C. (One appears in the picture above.)
We're unable to host a celebration this year, which is unfortunate, because Loving Day has particular meaning for us now that we live in Virginia. Forty-two years ago we, too, could have been arrested for violating state law.
But even though we can't host a celebration, we'll still take a moment to remember the Lovings and honor their courage and their desire to live in full possession of all their rights.