Wife in landmark Loving case dies

Mildred Loving – the black woman whose 1958 marriage to a white man in Virginia led to the landmark Supreme Court case striking down laws banning interracial marriage – has died.

The unanimous decision, Loving v. Virginia, authored by Chief Justice Earl Warren, held that Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act violated the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. The ruling invalidated miscegenation laws in place across the country.

Her husband, Richard Loving, died in 1975.

More here from The New York Times.


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