You guys ready for a quick little history lesson?!
All right, here we go.
In 1958, a black 17-year-old woman named Mildred Jeter married the love of her life, a white 23-year-old construction worker named Richard Loving.
That may seem like no big deal to you right now, but back in 1967, it was a pretty BFD. Why? Well, because, the Lovings were involved in the case Loving v. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage across the United States.
— Sophia A. Nelson (@IAmSophiaNelson) June 12, 2017
The couple had already gotten married in Washington D.C., where interracial marriage was legal, but when they went to go visit their family in Virginia (where interracial marriage was still illegal at the time), they were arrested. The Lovings could’ve gone down quietly without a fight, but instead, they decided to take this issue to Supreme Court. They fought for nine years in the Supreme Court to make sure interracial marriage would be legal on every inch of the United States of America. On June 12, 1967, something pretty major happened. The Lovings ultimately won their case with a unanimous ruling, and now, as a result, every American generations later has the right to fall in love and marry someone, regardless of their race. Today, people across the country are paying respect to Richard and Mildred with tweets about their own interracial relationships, including the hashtag #LovingDay. This people’s parents have the Lovings to thank for their marriage.
50 years ago today the Loving case was won. A short 20 years later my parents were married. Happy #LovingDay. It made my family possible. pic.twitter.com/r0scAADa2x — Erin Maye Quade (@ErinMayeQuade) June 12, 2017
The Lovings gave this couple a beautiful, 20-year marriage.
— Jason Sanford (@jasonsanford) June 12, 2017
This couple has the Lovings to thank for “14 painfully wonderful years.”
The Lovings blessed these people with their beautiful families.
— Patricia O’Brien (@EbnyObrien) June 12, 2017
— ohsoyes (@ohsoyes) June 12, 2017