I Wouldn’t Have My Family Without Their Story
We all know the story of Romeo and Juliette. Star-crossed lovers. A love affair that was not supposed to be but forbidden. Just because of their sir name. And due to the world around them who rejected the thought of these two together, it leads to their tragic death.
Now, what if I told you this is not just a sad story but history. Changed the Sir Name to Color and you will find many stories about how it was taboo, illegal, and even reason for death. Just because you fell in love with someone of the ‘wrong’ color. Maybe hard to believe, but just 49 years ago it was illegal for interracial couples to marry in sixteen states.
I was always taught to see people and not color. Even Dr. Seuss taught me “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” That everyone deserves the same respect no matter their size, the way they look or where they come from.
Backtrack over 17 years ago and I meet my husband at a work function. We were friends for over a year and then we started really talking. We had so much in common and similar goals and desires. We shortly married, have two beautiful kids and just celebrated 16 years of marriage. I can not imagine life without my family. I can not imagine that had we met 49+ years ago, what could have happened.
Today, June 12th is Loving Day. The anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia which struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in sixteen U.S. states.
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How did an ordinary married couple from a small Southern town inspire change, with a landmark Supreme Court decision 49 years ago this week? By being brave enough to love each other.
The world’s largest multicultural celebration, Loving Day, is being coordinated by the Loving Day Project for the 13th year commemorating the June 12th, 1967 Supreme Court civil rights landmark decision Loving v. Virginia and paying tribute to Richard and Mildred Loving’s love story.
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