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