Loving Day – June 9th | James Pat Guerréro
June 9 is annual Loving Day. This day is a celebration in remembrance of the landmark U. S. Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia, overruling the Virginia interracial marriage prohibition laws, unanimously, declaring the Virginia laws unconstitutional. This declaration occurred on June 12, 1967.
Back in 1958, Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving had married in Washington, D.C.. Mildred had black and Native American ancestry, and Richard had white ancestry (both are deceased). They were both from Central Point in Caroline County, Virginia, and grew up together. They were arrested weeks after marrying for breaking the Virginia prohibition against interracial marriage laws. As they were convicted and sentenced, the judge had suspended their sentence if they would not live in Virginia for 25 years, or return to Virginia.
Mildred had written a letter to U. S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy allowing the ACLU to take the case. The new ruling had allowed the couple to return to Caroline County, where they had originated.
The month of June is the annual month of celebration for Loving Day. To fight racial prejudice and build a multicultural community, the Loving Day Flagship Celebration is an annual event in New York.
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