The Lovings!

#wwsstories “All you need is love…” though often overlooked among all the civil rights stories, Mildred and Richard Loving’s quest to live together as husband and wife in the state of Virginia was a pivotal struggle. A white man and a black woman were in love and did not understand why their marriage was a criminal offense in the eyes of state. Their effort to make this right – to not live in shame or in exile. The Lovings were banished from their home for their commitment to each other, and they fought long and hard to return to it.

It was Mildred Loving who took up their cause, who summoned the will and the courage to fight a hostile system that maintained bans against interracial marriage. All she wanted was to find a way to live with her husband in their home state of Virginia at the height of the momentous civil rights change. So their quest was made not just for themselves, but for others.

Miscegenation laws were laws that enforced racial segregation at the level of marriage and intimate relationships by criminalizing interracial marriage and sometimes also sex between members of different races. Such laws were first introduced in North America during the late 17th century and subsequently by many US states and remained in force in many states until 1967.

The miscegenation crime the Lovings were accused of committing – its roots based in slavery and its lingering, pervasive impact. The Loving’s story inspires mixed race couples and their children to share their struggles and claim their unique identities and discredits the ignorance of racism. #BlackHistoryMonth #HappyValentinesDay #Love #LovingsVVirginia #MildredLoving #RichardLoving #Miscegenation #BlackHistory #AmericanHistory #OurHistory #BecauseOfThemICan #KnowYourHistory #KnowledgeIsPower #Read #OneLove

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