Loving Day: 48 Years of Legal Interracial Marriage

Yesterday, my cousin, great aunts, and grandma stopped by the house for a while. In a crude semi circle of mismatched chairs, they chatted and laughed about whatever came to mind—family, church, shopping. Their conversations bounced around, split, and joined at breakneck speeds. One person. Two people. Four people talking all at once. Heads thrown back, bodies doubled over in laughter.

I’m always a bit surprised when Aunt Louise says something like, “We didn’t dare go on that side of the town back then.”  or “We lived in the red line.”

For a moment, I am breathless. I close my eyes and picture my great aunt as a young girl. Where can she go? Is she in danger? What is her world like?

The conversation snaps to another place, another time. I’m brought back to now. 2015.


Loving DayIt’s hard to imagine that only 48 years ago interracial marriage wasn’t legal in all of the states.
On this day, in 1967, the Supreme Court ruled that Mildred (a black woman) and Richard Loving (a white man), and by extension any woman and any man, regardless of race, could legally be married. Today, 48 years ago, love won.

I hope that today people remember this monumental landmark in our history and  take the time to be thankful for the progress that’s been made. We still have so far to go, but at least                                                 we are not where we were.


Americans 2050

If you haven’t seen the National Geographic article about the future of race in America that goes with this picture, you need to check it out. These multiracial people are beautiful because interracial marriages are beautiful. Thank you, Mildred and Richard Loving for your fight.


I’m not in an interracial relationship, but I have a ton of interracial friendships and partnerships, and they are some of the most enriching relationships in my life. What does race reconciliation look like in your life? How are you celebrating Loving Day?

~Charnell

10 Replies to “Loving Day: 48 Years of Legal Interracial Marriage”

  1. This is a wonderful powerful posting highlighting an important moment in American History. I lived in Northern VA for twenty-eight years and I new of the circumstances of this important period time as I drove through the county hundreds of time where the lovings lived.

    I lived in Northern VA in a interracial marriage and the father of an interracial child. I’m so proud of the ruling and progress that has been made. My children enjoyed an incredible multicultural experience living in a diverse area, that most of people never get to experience.

    Again, this is a powerful posting I will reblog.

    1. What a great story! It’s amazing to be in a physical place where these moments in history happened. Thanks for dropping by, and thanks for the reblog!

    1. Thanks Charli! And thanks for dropping by! Also…is your name pronounced with an “sh” sound in the beginning like mine? 🙂

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