Happy Valentine’s Day Eve. Up until the 1967 Loving v. Virginia US Supreme Court case, inter-racial marriage was illegal in large parts of the US.
On the race issue, frequent comparisons are made between the US, Brazil, and South Africa. For comparison, similar laws were abolished in South Africa only in 1985. No such laws existed in Brazil during the 20th century.
Lovings at Home
In 1950, a young man from Central Point, Virginia, went seven miles down the road to hear some music. Seven brothers named the Jeters were on that night, playing bluegrass in a farmhouse. The young man had come for the music, but couldn’t help noticing a young woman in the audience. The man, Richard Loving, was white; the woman, Mildred Jeter, was black and Cherokee. Seventeen years later, as a result of their meeting, the Supreme Court struck down Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act, along with anti-miscegenation laws in fifteen other states, ending the legal prohibitions against interracial marriage.
On view until May 6th at the International Center of Photography, “The Loving Story” highlights the human element of the Loving v. Virginia case, bringing the ardor that fuelled the Lovings’ half-decade of appeals into heart-rending focus…