Richard and Mildred Loving with their children Peggy, Donald, and Sidney, 1965.
Today, as we celebrate the importance of Dr. King’s life and legacy, I find it remarkable that the story of the Loving Family and their historic struggle that led the Supreme Court to ultimately strike down laws banning racially-mixed marriages in this country, seems to have been lost in history’s ether. I had certainly never heard of their story before. Have you? This Friday, the 20th of January, the ICP in New York City will launch a new exhibit: “The Loving Story: Photographs by Grey Villet (http://goo.gl/Z3QER), which will go a long way to sharing with the wider public the difficult and ultimately courageous story of the Loving Family. For those of us who may not remember a time in this country when it was illegal for individuals of differing ethnic backgrounds to marry, this new exhibit and documentary will shed light. Kudos to the ICP, Grey Villet’s estate, and the Loving Family for reminding us that fighting for what is right, is always right.