On this day in 1967, in the landmark civil rights case Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court unanimously voted to strike down the laws prohibiting interracial marriage, declaring them unconstitutional. At that time, interracial marriage was still illegal in 16 states.
The case was brought forth by Richard Loving, a white man, and Mildred Loving, a black woman, who were imprisoned for one year for marrying in the state of Virginia.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision, there was a major uptick in interracial marriages throughout the country. Today, June 12 is remembered by many as “Loving Day,” to acknowledge the history-making events.
Photo: Mildred and Richard Loving. Wikipedia