Mildred and Richard Loving are best known for having gone against the anti-miscegenation laws in Virginia. They married in 1958 in Washington DC, however when they moved back to their home town of Central Point, Virginia, their home was raided by the police.
After appealing to Attorney General Robert Kennedy and the American Civil Liberties Union, the case eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court, and on June 12th, 1967 the unanimous decision was reached that the Commonwealth of Virginia’s argument that a law forbidding both white and black persons from marrying persons of another race violated both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Loving Day has been celebrated annually on June 12th since 2004 by people of mixed race and people in mixed relationships.
The original drawing was commissioned by my friend Heidi Durrow for the 2014 Mixed Experience Heritage Month.
The piece is personally very important to me, being in a mixed relationship myself.