Fifty years ago on June 12, 1967, Mildred and Richard Loving won a Supreme Court case that not only changed history, but the lives of countless real-life couples since. Their story, which comes to life in Jeff Nichols’ award-winning film, Loving, began in 1958, after a white man named Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) married his girlfriend Mildred (Ruth Negga), who was of African-American descent. Their marriage was illegal in Virginia, the state they called home. After multiple arrests, and years of living in exile and fear, the Lovings finally achieved a significant victory. The landmark 1968 case, Loving vs. Virgina, ended all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States, and holds firm today.
Last fall, Focus Features and the team behind Loving had the chance to connect with many real-life couples whose lives were affected by the Lovings' brave battle. Through a social campaign called #ThankYouLovings, families of all shades and nationalities shared gratitude in images and words.
We hope you’ll join us in taking a moment to celebrate Loving Day, and be inspired by these tales of love.
"We count our blessings every day!"
"My husband and I were just married this past August!" -- Whitney Dunn
"They made 'us' possible!"
"My husband and I have been married for 23 years. We have gone through 'it' and back again. I have been writing about interracial marriage for years and have written about the Lovings many times. Their story is a piece of history that is still so unknown to the masses." -- Amy Wise
"Thank you Mildred and Richard for paving the way!"
"This is me and my husband. We've been together for 15 years and have five beautiful mixed-race children. This movie it brought tears to my eyes and filled my heart with heartache, hope, love, and anger all at once!" - Maria Guidubaldi Smith
"Because of your struggles, we can have this blessed life!"
"Thank you to everyone that had a part in breaking ignorance and spreading love!" -- Kwailan M. Barsotti
"I am thankful everyday and well aware how lucky we are!"
"My husband and I have been married for 12 years and have two beautiful children." -- Katie Osborn-Nurrenbern
"Because of them my husband and I are able to grow old together."
"Thank you to this wonderful, courageous couple, for they fought a hard fight to do what we all should be naturally able to do -- fall in love with your soulmate and live happily ever after." -- Indhira Leonardo-Trepal
"Love breaks down all barriers."
"December of 2015, my husband and I were married. Love is love no matter the race, ethnicity, or nationality." -- Candace Shamieh