They were arrested in their home two weeks into their marriage for breaking the law, after getting married in D.C.
In 2013, 12% of Americans married someone of a different race, a record high for the the United States. But this would not be possible without the political work of Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving, the couple who fought for their marriage all the way to the Supreme Court in the 1960’s. The couple had been banned from their home state of Virginia for going against the state’s Racial Integrity Act, a law banning white people from marrying “colored” citizens. The historic 1967 Loving vs. Virginia Supreme Court decision finally declared these laws unconstitutional, and set the path for making marriage in the United States racially open.
Watch the video to learn more about Mildred and Richard’s story.