This week has been heavy with truth and I didn’t want to interrupt the momentum of this dialogue my blog has sparked with a fashion post. We always have next week for that.
“I want (people) to remember her as being strong and brave yet humble – and believed in love.” -Peggy Fortune, Daughter of Mildred and Richard Loving (via)
June 12 is referred to as Loving Day, in celebration of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia which struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in sixteen U.S. states citing “There can be no doubt that restricting the freedom to marry solely because of racial classifications violates the central meaning of the equal protection clause.” (via)
This decision was made 19 years before I was born, 38 years before I met my future husband, and 40 years before we vowed to stand by each other’s sides regardless of what life tossed our way.
48 years later, here I am. Married to the most wonderful man who loves me for who I am, not the color of my skin. Enjoying every moment of our life together because of two people that believed in the power of their own love – they would fight for it. Mildred and Richard Loving paved a path for interracial couples to love fully and freely. For that I’m forever grateful to the life that I am blessed to live with my best friend and biggest supporter. I do not take for granted that not even 50 years ago, our love wouldn’t have been possible.
People still stare, whisper, and turn away quickly – but in the end I can happily say that I believed in love.
Read more about Mildred and Richard Loving’s love story here.