It was only 40 years ago that it was illegal in my state, Virginia, for a white man and a black woman to marry. In 1958, Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving drove north from their small Virginia town to marry in the District of Columbia. She was 17; he was 23. When they returned to Virginia, they were charged with miscegeny and run out of town on a rail. The ACLU took up their cause and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1967, a unanimous Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegeny laws nationwide.
The title of the case was Loving v. Virginia.
Mildred Jeter Loving died yesterday in Virginia, never thinking she had accomplished much other than being able to marry the man she loved. How beautiful that their last name stands through history against hate.