Learning Unlimited; Loving
Tue, February 18, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
To register, please call the JCC Front Desk at 415 444-8000.
$12 Day-of Reg
Location: Kurland Lounge
Classes are made possible, in part, by a generous grant from Carol & Duff Kurland and donors to the Osher Marin JCC’s Annual Fund in support of Adult & Senior Programs.
A lawsuit was brought by Mildred Loving and Richard Loving who had been sentenced to a year in prison in Virginia for marrying each other. Their marriage violated Virginia's Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which criminalized marriage between people classified as "white" and people classified as "colored". The Lovings appealed their conviction to the Supreme Court of Virginia, which upheld it. They then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which agreed to hear their case.
On June 12, 1967, the Court issued a unanimous decision in the Lovings' favor and overturned their convictions. The Court struck down Virginia's anti-miscegenation law ending all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States.
Theirs is a powerful legacy. Today, one in six newlyweds in the United States has a spouse of a different race or ethnicity, according to a recent analysis of 2015 census data by the Pew Research Center. That is a fivefold increase from 1967, when just 3 percent of marriages crossed ethnic and racial lines.