Mr. and Mrs. Loving soon returned to their hometown with their three children, although their own happiness ended in tragedy just a few years later. In 1975, Mr. Loving was killed and Mrs. Loving lost the sight in one eye in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. But the Lovings had paved the way for thousands of other couples like themselves, who weren’t marrying “outside of their race” but were marrying the people they loved. Thanks to God’s work and the Lovings’ love, my husband Peter and I were the first interracial couple to be married in Virginia after the Supreme Court decision — 40 years ago — in July 1968.

-Marian Wright Edelman; Founder and president of the Children’s Defensive Fund; Spelman College alumna and Yale University alumna

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