An inspirational couple: The Lovings
In 1958 in Virginia, USA, it was illegal for non-white people to marry whites. One couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, bravely challenged this law by getting married anyway. When the police learned of the marriage, the two were raided and charged with breaking the law. They were sentenced to one year in prison.
Instead of enduring prison time, the Lovings moved to Washington, DC. They lived there for 25 years, unable to visit their families in Virginia together. They had three children.
Volunteer attorneys through the ACLU took the case in 1964. They advocated for the Lovings to be able to return to Virginia and for their marriage to be accepted as legal. In 1967, the Supreme Court overturned the convictions, declaring that laws against interracial marriage violated the 14th amendment.
The Lovings’ brave fight to make their marriage legitimate opened the door for interracial couples in all states to marry legally. Their story continues to inspire in 2017.
For more, check out: https://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2017/mar/29/the-lovings-in-pictures