In Honor of Mildred Loving

Mildred Loving, matriarch of interracial marriage, dies

Loving and her white husband, Richard, changed history in 1967 when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld their right to marry. The ruling struck down laws banning racially mixed marriages in at least 17 states.

“There can be no doubt that restricting the freedom to marry solely because of racial classifications violates the central meaning of the equal protection clause,” the court ruled in a unanimous decision.

Her husband died in 1975. Shy and soft-spoken, Loving shunned publicity and in a rare interview with The Associated Press last June, insisted she never wanted to be a hero — just a bride.

“It wasn’t my doing,” Loving said. “It was God’s work.”

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  1. Hey,

    If you have the time and inclination, I was hoping you might consider contributing something to the next Carnival of Sexual Freedom and Autonomy.

    All the best!


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