June 12th, 1967, the day interracial marriage became legal in the United States, is now celebrated as Loving Day. The landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The case was brought by Mildred Loving (née Jeter), a woman classified as "colored" under Virginia's Racial Integrity Act of 1924, and Richard Loving, a white man.
The celebrating of Loving Day began as a graduate thesis project at New York’s Parsons School of Design by Ken Tanabe. The Loving momentum grew and expanded into a global network of celebration. You can read, learn, join and support at lovingday.org.
This family portrait was taken in 2017, and it's hard to believe that only 50 years earlier, interracial marriage was still illegal in most U.S. states until the 1967 United States Supreme court case, Loving v. Virginia, invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
My husband Andy and I met in San Francisco in 1999, got married at the Clay Cinema in San Francisco in 2009, and brought our son into the world in 2014.
I have to really thank the previous generation, namely Mildred and Richard Loving (that is actually their name!) who fought hard for this basic civil right.
Andy and I now have the responsibility of teaching our five-year-old son about love and acceptance and racism, in the midst of a global pandemic where hand washing is also in the daily curriculum.
Thank you, Mildred and Richard Loving, for fighting for love and the beauty of diversity. Our family might not be here today were it not for your bravery.