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Loving Day: How Interracial Marriage Became Legal [VIDEO]

June 12th is Loving Day and marks a time in history when people thought quite differently about who could love who.

They did this sort of thinking out out and put laws in place to match those thoughts.  I knew about the court case but didn’t know there was an actual day to celebrate and recognize a change on love an marriage in America.

I participated in a guided interview on Growing up mixed in America this Sunday as a part of MTV’s ACT awareness campaign and decided to do a video to share what’s become known as “The Loving Story”:

In 1958 two people decided to get married.  They were in love.  Unfortunately, Mildred and Richard lived in Virginia at the time where laws like the Racial Integrity Act of 1924 prevented them from legally getting married.  Why?  Mildred was Black and Richard was White.  They decided to go to Washington D.C. to get married because it was important to take those vows and pledge their love for each other.

Well, it turned out Virginia not only had a law against interracial marriage but also one against getting married in anther state and trying to be all uppity and return to Virginia!  The Lovings were arrested in their home and taken to jail.  The judge was going to sentence them for one to three years but told them if they left the state (for at least 25 years), he would let them leave.   Continue reading