Summary Of Richard Loving And Mildred Jeter's 'The Loving Story'

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The Lovings
“In June 1958, Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter were married in Washington, D.C. He was a white man; she was part African American and part Native American. They returned to their native Virginia to start their lives together but, as “The Loving Story” tells us, they were jailed and then banished for breaking the state’s Racial Integrity Act. By marrying beyond the state’s borders and then living together as husband and wife in Virginia, they had broken the law. The Lovings were not political people, but their wish to return home as a family placed them in the middle of a historic movement. The Lovings did not see themselves as activists. They were a quiet married couple—he was white, she was black and Native American—living in …show more content…

The Loving Story (Teacher’s Guide)
“Mildred Loving was born on July 22, 1939 in Central Point, Virginia. During this time period, the United States was exhilarated by the prospects of space exploration. In addition, there were numerous movements in the name of Civil Rights. ” …show more content…

This is the first section of the 14th Amendment in which the ban violated, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” In the words of Chief Justice Earl Warren, "Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides within the individual and cannot be infringed on by the State." Richard and Mildred Loving's case led to the unanimous 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which overturned all previous state

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