National Loving Day isn’t just a random sweet holiday. Here’s the deeper story, and why you’ll want to celebrate.

Chief justice: ‘The freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual, and cannot be infringed by the state’

Mildred and Richard Loving.
Mildred and Richard Loving. (Getty Images)

A lot has changed since the 1960s. And the world can change quickly, too. If there has ever been a time when that is clear, it’s now.

There is a continuing battle for racial justice and equality, and as most know, it’s been a long, hard road.

In honor of the current actions being taken to reach that goal, we thought it’d be appropriate to honor a big win that came in 1967.

National Loving Day is held on the anniversary of the day that all anti-miscegenation laws were struck down. What does that mean? In short, people were allowed to marry interracially.

But let us tell you a little more about the case that changed lives, because it’s a story worth telling.

Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter fell in love after knowing each other for years. The two grew up in the small town of Central Point, Virginia.

In June 1958, Richard, a white construction worker, and Mildred, a woman of mixed African American and Native American ancestry, married in Washington, D.C., according to History.com.

At the time, many states still acknowledged the Act to Preserve Racial Integrity.


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