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: