Mildred Loving has died at the age of 68.
You may not know her by name and sadly a lot of people don’t know her through American history either.
Mildred Loving married her husband Richard in 1958 in Washington. They were both Virginians. She was black and Richard was white. When they returned home to Virginia they were arrested for "cohabiting as man and wife, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth” and only avoided jail by agreeing to leave Virginia.
They didn’t move back to Virginia until after 1967 when the Supreme Court ruled that people from different races had the right to marry.
Think about that...Mildred and Richard Loving were arrested in 1958 because a black woman and a white man could not legally be married in Virginia and that law wasn’t struck down until 1967.
And that landmark ruling struck down laws banning racially diverse marriages in 17 states.
It should be hard to believe that so many states claimed to protected the sanctity of traditional marriage by restricting based on race under threat of arrest.
Should be, but…
May she rest in peace and may family and friends find comfort in the memory of her life...