Mildred and Richard Loving

The Lesson in Loving

Articles May 21, 2024

My parents were married in 1973, only six years after the landmark civil rights case Loving v. Virginia, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ended prohibitions on interracial marriage in Virginia, among other states.

It wasn’t until recently that it occurred to me how close their wedding was to the Loving case or the courage it took to marry someone of another race at that time, especially for my mother who was only twenty-one.


Jackie Ferguson

Jackie (she/her) is a Certified Diversity Executive and vice president of Content and Programming for The Diversity Movement. She wrote the best-seller The Inclusive Language Handbook.