Mildred Loving - Children, Richard Loving & Movie - BiographyMildred Loving born Mildred Delores Jeter on July 22, , died May 2, , who was of African-American and Native American descent, became a reluctant activist in the Civil Rights Movement of the s when she and her white husband, Richard Loving , successfully challenged Virginia's ban on interracial marriage. In marrying, the couple violated Virginia's Racial Integrity Act. Following the case Loving v. Virginia , the Supreme Court struck down the Virginia law in , also ending the remaining ban on interracial marriages in other states. The Showtime movie Mr.
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To get it in your inbox weekly, sign up here. Tell your friends and share your stories. Virginia, the landmark case that wiped laws banning interracial marriage off the books in Virginia and 15 other states. Thus did Mildred Loving, both black and Native American, and her husband, Richard, who was white, make civil rights history. Theirs is a powerful legacy.
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To say that Richard and Mildred Loving were reluctant heroes would be an understatement. Richard, with his platinum blonde crew cut, backwoods accent and taciturn ways, looked more like a caricature for a white supremacist. And then there was Mildred. A soft-spoken, shy woman of African and Native-American descent, she possessed a quiet charm but like her husband, had no desire to bring attention to herself. But the attention would come, and it would change the course of American history.
Fifty years ago this week, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in the landmark anti-miscegenation case Loving v. Mildred Delores Jeter, a woman whose black and Native American blood banned her from marrying a white man broke the law when she had the audacity to fall in love with Richard Perry Loving. After marrying in D. Early one July morning, their marital bedroom was invaded by officers, demanding that their union was invalid in the Commonwealth of Virginia and they were subsequently charged with a felony and sentenced to one year in prison. Their sentence was suspended if they agreed to leave the Commonwealth and not return for a period of 25 years. Virginia was their home.