A good love story - Photo Exhibition at the International Center of Photography Midtown Manhattan

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Few days ago, a friend and I had decided to visit a photo exhibition about a married couple that were arrested and sentenced to one year in jail for violating the state's Racial Integrity Act 1958 in Virginia. This is all simply because they are not the same race. The husband, Richard Loving, was a white man ; the wife, Mildred Jeter, was African American and Native American.

During the trial, the Virginia judge suspended the Lovings' sentence for a period of 25 years on the condition that they leave the State and not return to Virginia together for 25 years. Because of this, they moved away from their family and friends in Virginia, together with their children to Washington DC where interracial marriage was legal.

While they were in Washington DC, they had gain a help of an attorney that later ask the Virginia judge to reconsider his decision, a move that would lead to one of the civil rights movement's most pivotal moments: the legalization of interracial marriage.

These photos were so touching and documenting a man and a woman sharing their love for each other, and simply because of the difference of their race they were not 'legal' to be together. Living in Manhattan New York with diversity of culture and married to someone that is not my own race, I can not imagine what they had gone through just to have a 'normal life'.

Recently HBO also produced a documentary of their journey and love story. I always enjoy reading and learning about a love story, especially it is as epic as this one that had changed the US Supreme court decision of a black and white marriage in the state of Virginia.

Photos Source: Richard and Mildred Loving in "The Loving Story" on HBO. Photo by Grey Villet, supplied to HBO by Barbara Villet

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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Racial integrity seems a bizarre set of words and in my parents' generation the black and white mix was the most radical. Thanks for bringing your words and video to us Eileen. What is weird white and asian was not as frowned upon being closer I guess but white and black was extreme. Glad MOST people do not have these ideas anymore. Many white men are mad if a black man steals a white woman. I have also heard black women not liking at all their black men going after white women like the black women are not good enough for them. All these are ideas you hear from people out there. Maybe in the Asian community Asian men don't like their women going with the white man.

Mar 21, 2012 03:31 AM #1
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Hi Gary, it is true on some of your thoughts on the general society views about interracial relationships. Here in Manhattan New York, we see many interracial marriages, couples and young little children.  Back in the days, black and white interracial relationships draws the most attention but certainly there are other racial discriminations in other parts of the world as well. Within Asian community, there are many different view points as well when one dates or marry outside of the culture even if they are also Asian. I enjoy reading Love stories in general, and the one definitely struke a cord to me.

Mar 21, 2012 03:47 AM #2
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Eileen, good thing the mentality has changed over the years, and we are not in the stone age anymore!    So great to talk with you yesterday --- you are a kick!

Mar 21, 2012 06:21 AM #3
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Eileen, I am glad that we have moved beyond the stupidity of laws and court decisions like the ones that this couple faced!  I am glad that people like that had the courage to live their lives on their terms to the best of their ability!

Mar 21, 2012 07:11 AM #4
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Thank you for sharing that story Eileen.  It is amazing how far we have come as a country and it's people like Richard and Mildred who paved the way with their courage to change the laws.  We still have a ways to go to get rid of racism and prejudice altogether, but I believe as a people and a country we will get there :)! 

Mar 21, 2012 07:15 AM #5
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Wow, that is fascinating. I had no idea that it was ever illegal.  That never even occurred to me.  Looks like a wonderful documentary.

Mar 21, 2012 11:08 AM #6
Katerina Gasset
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This is really a great story of the Lovings. They serve as an inspiration to so many up to this very day. I enjoyed watching the video and viewing their pictures, Eileen. It really showed how they lived challenging lives full of love and determination. Thanks for sharing, Eileen. This just made my day. 

Mar 21, 2012 03:59 PM #7
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Eileen - I can't believe this was ever an "act" and only 54 years ago.

Mar 22, 2012 10:48 AM #8
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Thank you for sharing.

Mar 22, 2012 11:20 AM #9
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Thanks for sharing your experience at this exhibition!

Mar 22, 2012 11:07 PM #10
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Eileen,  I got the goose-bumps from head to toe reading this. The mentality of forbidding inter-racial relationships escapes me.  Even though this happened during my lifetime ... I cannot wrap my brain around it.  Thankfully, for the most part, we have evolved beyond such ignorance.

Mar 24, 2012 06:05 AM #11
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I love old photos and these tell a story that is touching to the heart as well. Some people really have an ability to tell a story with a camera. 


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