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Monday, June 12, 2023

Happy Loving Day

From the website:

Loving Day is the anniversary of a historic court decision for interracial marriage.

Every year on June 12th, it’s a global day of visibility, education, and community.

It's important to realize that WITHIN LIVING MEMORY it took a court case to allow two people of different ethnicities to marry in a state in the United States. 

Imagine believing that systemic racism, and the impact of a centuries-long race system, no longer exist.

Mildred Loving's arrest warrant is available on the New York Historical Society website.

The charge reads: 

...Mildred Jeter, a negro in the said County did on the 2nd day of June, 1958, unlawfully and feloniously did go out of this State for the purpose of being married to Richard Loving, a white person, and with the intention of returning, and was married to the said Richard Loving out of State, and afterwards returned to and resided in it, cohabitating as man and wife, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The case was not finally decided until June 12, 1967. Only 56 years ago. Well within living memory. 

Thank you, Mildred and Richard Loving for fighting against the insanity.

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