National Loving Day

National Loving Day

National Loving Day is a commemoration of a historical date when the Supreme Court of America declared that all anti-miscegenation laws of 1967 were invalid (laws making mixed-race marriages illegal).

Loving vs. Virginia was an important Supreme Court case. However, it also told the story of a true couple’s love. Mildred Jeter was born in Virginia, USA. Richard Loving was also raised there. They were in love and they decided to marry.

Unfortunately, 1958 was not a simple year to get married. Mildred was a young, black woman. Richard was a white man of respectable standing. In many states, including Virginia, the law prohibited people of different races from marrying each other. Interracial marriages were allowed in Washington, DC at the time. They decided to get married in DC and then return to Virginia to start their lives together.

However, this was only temporary. Virginia law prohibited interracial marriage ceremonies. It also prohibited interracial couples not getting married in another state and returning to Virginia. The newly married Loving couple were arrested by police for interracial marriage shortly after they returned to Virginia.

Richard and Mildred were tried and convicted by the judge. They were sentenced to three years in prison. The Judge however said that he would commute the sentence to three years if they were willing to leave Virginia for twenty five years. They were given the option of banishment or imprisonment, and they chose banishment. The Lovings then moved to Washington DC to continue their married life.

Although the Lovings were legally able to live together in Washington, it was not easy. They faced discrimination all around. Due to the separation from their families, they were experiencing emotional hardship. The Lovings were faced with a difficult and terrible life. Mildred wrote to Robert F. Kennedy the Attorney General of the United States in extreme anxiety. She explained their lives and the difficulties they faced as interracial couples in Washington.

Mildred’s letter went to the American Civil Liberties Union offices in New York City. They were interested in the case and helped the Lovings to find an attorney. Bernard S. Cohen and Philip J. Hirschkop both felt that the Lovings, as well as all Americans, were entitled to marry and live in the country of their choice. They agreed to accept the case free of charge due to the difficulties they encountered.

The Lovings’ case was finally brought before the United States Supreme Court after a lengthy and difficult legal battle. After hearing the Lovings’ hardship and the stories of many others who were unable get married, the Court voted unanimously for them.

After nine years of struggle, the Lovings were finally granted the right to live in Virginia as husband and wife. Chief Justice Earl Warren stated that the Constitution gives individuals the right to marry or not marry a person of another races. This freedom cannot be impeded by the state.

The case not only won them freedom to love one another, but also gave the same rights to all interracial couples in all states in the USA. 16 states had laws that prohibited interracial couples marrying at the time of Loving.

Loving v. Virginia (1967), made it illegal for any state enforce laws that prohibit interracial marriage. These laws were not just for black and white people. In many states, there was no restriction on relationships with Asians or Native Americans, Indians and Hispanics.

National Loving Day is therefore a celebration of the Supreme Court’s 1967 Decision to stop individual states (like Virginia) from prohibiting couples from marrying because they are different races. Ken Tanabe was the original person who suggested that a day be dedicated to this historic decision. Ken Tanabe was born to a mixed-race family. His mother was Belgian and his father was Japanese. He wanted to celebrate multi-ethnic families, and bring people together.

He created National Loving Day in 2004, in honor Richard and Mildred Loving who brought the first court case. It has gained enormous popularity and is now celebrated by people around the globe. As global travel makes it easier for couples to come together and form relationships, the occasion is growing in importance.

National Loving Day is a day that deserves to be celebrated in style. Names of those involved in the first court case could not be more fitting. What can ordinary people like you do to celebrate the occasion?

You might also consider watching the 2016 film Loving. This production follows Richard and Mildred’s lives and struggles as they fight for justice. From their first encounter, to their arrest for illegal marriage, to their move from Chicago to Washington DC, you see it all. It is clear to see how racism shaped their lives and affected their lives. You also get a sense for the cultural victory they achieved through their Supreme Court legal battle.

Many countries celebrate National Loving Day by hosting special events and festivals. Multi-ethnic communities in New York put on shows and host large gatherings to commemorate the Supreme Court’s decision. They dance to and eat delicious food.

A backyard barbecue is another way to celebrate the day, as many people do. It’s a simple event with family and friends. Great food is provided to celebrate the fact that love has no boundaries – regardless of race.

It is up to you how you celebrate the day. Many will share Ken Tanabe’s content on social media and post supportive messages. Some might write a Facebook post explaining why they want to celebrate. You can do whatever you want.

National Loving Day is a historic event in history. It celebrates the belief that no authority can decide who can or cannot love. This is a huge victory for freedom, and it’s a major step forward for human rights for all those who are affected by the decision. Couples such as Richard and Mildred won’t be the last.


Dec 06 2024


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