Tragically, Richard was killed in an automobile accident in 1975, when his car was struck by another vehicle operated by a drunk driver.Mildred, who was also in the car, lost sight in her right eye.More importantly, the prohibition against mixed race marriages has been stripped out of every state constitution.Mildred Loving passed away from pneumonia on May 2, 2008, at the age of 68.The Lovings' legal team argued that the state law ran counter to the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment because it forbade interracial couples to marry solely on the basis of their race.For Richard Loving, the argument was a simple one: "Tell the court I love my wife, and it is just unfair that I can't live with her in Virginia." On June 12, 1967, the high court agreed unanimously in favor of the Lovings, striking down Virginia's law and thus allowing the couple to return home while also ending the ban on interracial marriages in other states.The court held that Virginia’s anti-miscegenation statute violated both the Equal Protection Clause and the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote the opinion for the court, stating marriage is a basic civil right and to deny this right on a basis of race is “directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment” and deprives all citizens “liberty without due process of law.”Richard and Mildred were able to openly live in Caroline County again, where they built a home and raised their children.
The commonwealth of Virginia asserted that its ban on interracial marriages were in place to avoid a host of resulting sociological ills, and that the law was not in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.Mildred and Richard Loving had been married just a few weeks when, in the early morning hours of July 11, 1958, Sheriff Garnett Brooks and two deputies, acting on an anonymous tip that the Lovings were in violation of Virginia law, stormed into the couple's bedroom.When the sheriff demanded to know who Mildred was to Richard, she offered up the answer: "I'm his wife." When Richard gestured to the couple's marriage certificate hanging on the wall, the sheriff coldly stated the document held no power in their locale. When someone first told me about Evia’s blog ( I thought it was an interesting but odd idea.
How could someone write an entire blog on the subject? You met a nice guy who was white, you hit it off, you got married, now you’re in happily ever after. Needless to say as I read her and Halima’s ( I see the URL I crack up, it’s an interesting site though) blog I found that I had been mistaken. I never knew that so many black women didn’t think that white men saw them as attractive.
Mildred Loving was of African American, European and Native American descent, specifically from the Cherokee and Rappahannock tribes.