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    It was announced today that Mildred Loving died last Friday at age 68.

    You may not recognize her name (I certainly didn't), but she is a significant figure in US race relations and Supreme Court history.

    In 1958, the former Mildred Jeter, who is black, married a white neighbor, Richard Loving, in Washington DC. A few years later, the Lovings moved to rural Virginia, where they were arrested for breaking laws prohibiting interracial marriage. They were rousted out of their bed, the sherriff telling them that their marriage license was no good in Virginia. The Lovings were banished from the commonwealth, and moved back to the nation's capital.

    They later decided to fight the law, and, in June 1967, the Supreme Court threw out laws banning interracial marriage. Incredibly, 41 years ago, in that incredible Summer of Love, at least seventeen states in the US had laws against black/white marriages.

    Here's the Associated Press story:
    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h...G4YmQD90FMA881

    Mark

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    Thanks for posting that, ideamark. I'm always reminded of these glorious days of the "past" when I hear talk about gay marriage today.
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    "Thanks for posting that, ideamark. I'm always reminded of these glorious days of the "past" when I hear talk about gay marriage today."

    I agree Great post!!

    It also looks like I agree on something with Ban!! But the whole Gay marriage thing would be a different thread. (which is what it looks like I agree with Ban on)

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    We're celebrating our 24th anniversary today. By 1984 it was pretty uneventful. We owe a large debt to the Lovings and others who fought the good fight.
    "All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind." -- Abraham Lincoln

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    Quote Originally Posted by BonnieJ2 View Post
    We're celebrating our 24th anniversary today. By 1984 it was pretty uneventful. We owe a large debt to the Lovings and others who fought the good fight.
    Good for you, Bonnie! As soon a I saw this thread, I thought of you and your wonderful husband, and your gorgeous, gorgeous sons. (Seriously, people, they're model beautiful. But don't tell them I said that, Bonnie. We can't give them too big of an ego )

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    I heard that Miss Mildred was a Loving wife.

    All kidding aside, we forget (and some weren't born yet) how it used to be not so long ago. This story shows (contrary to popular cynicism) that ordinary (i.e., not celebrity, not wealthy) people can bring about change.

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    This anniversary points out what was wrong with the segregationists in the first place. They really didnt believe all men WERE equal. And even worse, some didnt consider some of the fellow human beings to actually BE human beings. Thank God the ban on interracial marriage like that of the separate water fountains have been resigned to the dust bins of history.

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