U.S. Supreme Court

Loving Celebrates Husband, Not Case


The black woman whose marriage to a white man resulted in a landmark ruling says she still thinks about her husband every day, more than 30 years after his death.

The case that overturned a ban on interracial marriage isn’t as important to Mildred Loving, the Associated Press recounts in a profile.

Mildred Jeter married Richard Loving after she became pregnant in 1958. She traveled from Central Point, Va., to Washington, D.C., to get married. After the newlyweds returned home, they were arrested and convicted of violating the Virginia law.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the ban in Loving v. Virginia, issued 40 years ago on Tuesday.

Loving told AP she doesn’t celebrate the anniversary of the case, calling it “just another day.”

But she still misses Richard, who was killed in 1975 by a car accident caused by a drunk driver. She lost her eye in the same mishap. “He used to take care of me,” she says of her husband. “He was my support, he was my rock.”

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