The Case For Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage


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Arthur A. Levine Books 2015
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This is the true story of Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving. They lived in Virginia back in the 1960s and they fell in love and wanted to get married. But Virginia law said they couldn't get married and live together because they were not the same race. Richard and Mildred found out they could marry in D.C. so they went into the city and had their marriage ceremony. As long as they were in the District of Columbia their marriage was legal and they could live in the same house and raise a family together. But, the two missed their families and the countryside of Virginia. They decided to go to court to make it legal for them to live together. Their case went all the way to the Supreme Court. The gently colored images soften the harshness and shock of this true story and also convey the love and warmth of the Loving's. This is a great way to teach children about the power of the law, the injustice of the recent past and the importance of honoring each and every person for who they are and not the color of their skin. Recommended by: Barb Langridge, ********

  • For most children these days it would come as a great shock to know that before 1967, they could not marry a person of a race different from their own. That was the year that the Supreme Court issued its decision in Loving v. Virginia.

    This is the story of one brave family: Mildred Loving, Richard Perry Loving, and their three children. It is the story of how Mildred and Richard fell in love, and got married in Washington, D.C. But when they moved back to their hometown in Virginia, they were arrested (in dramatic fashion) for violating that state's laws against interracial marriage. The Lovings refused to allow their children to get the message that their parents' love was wrong and so they fought the unfair law, taking their case all the way to the Supreme Court - and won!
  • 978-0545478533  Ages 4-8  40 pages

Recommended by Barb Langridge,

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