On this date in 1967, a law that banned interracial marriage – originally put into place in 1661 – was repealed. The case, Loving v. Virginia, ended state-sanctioned segregation.
Mr. and Mrs. Loving, a real couple from Virginia, fought for their right to marry, but instead had to drive to Washington, D.C. where interracial marriage was legal. When they returned to Virginia to begin their lives together, they were promptly arrested, tried and found guilty. Their battle to stay married changed the law and the way we view interracial relationships forever.
To commemorate the anniversary and the unity between all cultures, National Loving Day will be celebrated in Washington, D.C. on the grounds of the National Mall at 2 p.m. today.