Learning Unlimited; Loving | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Learning Unlimited; Loving

Tue, February 18, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


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Loving

Oak Dowling presents the legal case and movie adaptation of Richard and Mildred Loving, married in 1958, arrested and convicted on charges of violating Virginia state statutes prohibiting interracial marriage.

In 1958, Richard Loving, a white man, and Mildred Jeter, a black and Native American woman, drove north from their home in Virginia to Washington, D.C., to get married. Upon returning to Virginia, they were dragged out of bed and arrested by the police. The Lovings’ marriage was not legally valid due to the state’s law barring interracial marriage. The ensuing legal battle upended the lives of the Lovings and their three children for almost a decade.

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.