On June 12th, our nation celebrates the 44-year anniversary of a landmark case, Loving vs. Virginia, the day interracial marriage was finally legalized in all fifty states. A celebration of the aptly titled Loving Day will be held at this Saturday June 11th at Hyde Park Shelter from 12:00 – 4:00.
“They just were in love with one another and wanted the right to live together as husband and wife in Virginia without any interference.” – Bernard Cohen ACLU attorney
In 1958, young couple Richard Loving (a Caucasian man) and his longtime love Mildred (African-American/Native American) left their home in Virginia and traveled to Washington, D.C. to get married (where interracial marriage was legal). When they returned home to celebrate with family and friends, they were arrested. To avoid their one-year jail sentence they agreed to leave the state and never return. Their sadness about leaving family and desire to raise their children in any state they chose without ridicule, prompted them to contact ACLU attorney, Bernard Cohen. The case moved all the way to the Supreme Court where after years of fighting, the decision was finally overturned, breaking yet another important segregation barrier.
On Loving Day we celebrate the court decision but more than that, we celebrate people like the Lovings who stood up and showed the nation that men and women should be judged only by their content of character and not by their color.
We’re excited to participate in the second annual Loving Day Celebration in Wichita. Jeans Green will be there to say hello and also answer any questions that parents/guardians may have about hair care, particularly interracial hair. We receive questions all the time from mothers who are not African-American but through interracial relationships, adoption or foster parenting, are now trying to care for a hair type they’re unfamiliar with. On Loving Day we’ll be happy to provide free styling advice, maintenance tips and dispel some of the myths that mothers may have heard such as, “put some grease on it.” Please don’t do that, because there is a better way and we’d love to show you.
We hope to see you at Hyde Shelter on Saturday June 11, for fellowship and live music. Food will be provided by the Delano baker and catered by Doci and Joes.
Please visit Loving Day Wichita for more details.