Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967)
June 12, 1967
Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Mildred and Richard Loving,
which invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
June 1, 1948
My grandfather Henry Dudley married my grandmother Marjorie Brookes. They had 4 boys.
July 4, 1912
My great grandparents Albert Dudley and Lovola Phillips were married.
They had 5 boys and 2 girls.
Both were interracial marriages.
I can't presume to know what my grandparents and the Loving family went through for the ones they loved, but I thank them for doing it. I thank them for their sacrifices, and for following their hearts so that I might be able to follow mine. While the Loving vs Virginia ruling was 50 years ago, we've still got a long way to go.
Tell your children these stories - introduce them to race, not as an ugly or confrontational thing, but as something that our country has struggled with for decades. Tell them just because someone is different or unfamiliar doesn't make them less than - it just means they've got to keep an open mind and heart to new experiences. Remind them that love is love, and we as people need to do right by one another. To be compassionate and forgiving, because it is this retraining that will inevitably save us from our long complicated histories with race.