Mildred Jeter was just 18-years old when she married Richard Loving who was 6 years her senior. They married in 1958 and it wasn’t until 9 years later that their right to marry was acknowledged by the Supreme Court.
The Loving v. Virginia decision made it legal for people of different races to marry nationwide, but anti-miscegenation laws stayed on several states’ books for many years later. Alabama was the last to strike anti-miscegenation laws from its statutes in 2000. Source New York Times November 12, 2000.
Join us June 10, 2017 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in downtown Los Angeles for the 4th Annual Mixed Remixed Festival, the biggest celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision with a film, book and performance festival that showcases stories of the mixed-race and multiracial experience. FREE!
Today we kick off our 50-day Fun Fact Countdown until the Mixed Remixed Festival where we are hosting the nation’s largest celebration of the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia. We thought it would be fun to highlight a different aspect of the case and how it has changed America each day for 50 days. Do you have a fun fact about the case or the way it affected your life? We want to hear about it! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your story and we will feature it in one of our posts.
Today’s fun fact is:
The law Richard and Mildred Loving were accused of violating was the Virginia Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which prohibited interracial marriage and defined a white person as someone with “no discernible nonwhite ancestry.”
Okay, this is not a “fun” fact. But can you believe it?