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Today is Loving Day

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On June 12, 1967, the United States Supreme Court passed down a unanimous decision in the case of Loving v. Virginia, declaring finally that anti-miscegenation laws are unconstitutional. The case was brought to the court by Mildred and Richard Loving, a couple who had married in Washington, DC but lived in Central Point, Virginia. In what seems unthinkable now, police actually raided their home at night to arrest them simply for being married. Convicted of felony charges, they had the courage to take their case to court and helped the fight against blatant racial discrimination in state laws. You can learn more about the case from resources at your local library!

In honor of both this landmark decision and Mildred and Richard themselves, this day is now celebrated as Loving Day by many across our nation, to educate about the history of interracial relationships in order to fight prejudice and also build multicultural awareness, understanding, acceptance, and identity.

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