Co-plaintiff with Richard Loving in the US Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia (1967)
Pro to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
"I am proud that Richard's and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That's what Loving, and loving, are all about."
"Loving for All," FreedomtoMarry.org, June 12, 2007
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Co-plaintiff with Richard Loving in the US Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which struck down all US miscegenation laws (bans of interracial marriage and cohabitation), decided June 12, 1967
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Died from pneumonia in Central Point, VA on May 2, 2008
"Loving Day," a global network of unnoficial holidays celebrated on June 12th, commemorates the anniversay of Loving v. Virginia
Had two sons (Donald, died in 2000, and Sidney), one daughter (Peggy Fortune), eight grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren
Married Richard Loving (died in a car accident in 1975) in Washington, DC in 1958
Born Mildred Delores Jeter in Virginia on July 22, 1939
"Both Lovings were born and raised in the isolated hill country around Caroline County, north of Richmond, where there has always been an easy-going tolerance on the race question. It stirred little fuss when the couple culminated a long and agonized courtship by traveling to Washington, D.C., to get married in 1958. But five weeks later the county sheriff routed them out of bed at 2 a.m. and took them off to jail. A local judge handed down a year’s sentence but suspended it if they agreed to leave the state immediately and stay away for 25 years... [T]hey were re-arrested when they returned for a visit to Mildred’s family. Released on bail, they wrote a letter to then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy, asking for help. This led the American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU] to take an interest in their case. The Lovings decided to take up permanent residence in Virginia and fight. Now their case will return to federal court — where Loving v. Virginia may well become the next big landmark in civil rights." "The Crime of Being Married," LIFE magazine, Mar. 18, 1966
"Mildred’s mother was part Rappahannock Indian, and her father was part Cherokee. She preferred to think of herself as Indian rather than black." "Mildred Loving, Who Battled Ban on Mixed-Race Marriage, Dies at 68," NYTimes.com, May 6, 2008