Mildred Loving Was Mixed Race
I was surprised to learn last year that that Mildred Loving did not consider herself African-American. While researching her excellent book That the Blood Stay Pure: African Americans, Native Americans and the Predicament of Race and Identity in Virginia, Arica Coleman had a chance to interview Mildred Loving. Loving told Coleman emphatically: “I am not black . . I have no black ancestry. I am Indian-Rappahannock. I told the people when they came to arrest me.”
Arica Coleman has done some great writing about this subject and all of the implications. You can read her Time Magazine article The White and Black Worlds of Loving v. Virginia and her scholarly piece Mildred Loving The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Woman.
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