Tuesday, May 6, 2008

In passing: Mildred Loving

(In passing: marks the memory of a person profiled by IntLawGrrls)

Mildred Loving, 68, died from pneumonia last week at her home in Central Point, Virginia.
As we posted here, the woman born Mildred Jeter and the next-door neighbor she'd married in Washington, D.C., in 1958, Richard Loving, were convicted of violating a Virginia statute that made interracial marriage a crime. The couple (left) contested their convictions all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which held unanimously in Loving v. Virginia (1967) that the statute violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. ABC's coverage last year of the 40th anniversary of the decision included this superb, circa-1967 ABC video on the case (link's at bottom of page, below "More Coverage" subtitle) including interviews with Mildred and Richard Loving. Still more here and here.

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