In 1957, the state of Virginia did not allow blacks and whites to marry. Richard and Mildred Loving got married anyway and were later arrested and thrown in jail – all because they were different races. What came after was the 1968 Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court case. The picture book, The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage tells the story of how the couple fought peacefully for their right to be married. They took their fight all the way to the Supreme Court and they won!
Today is the anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision, and there is no better time to introduce a child to the story of the Loving family to encourage them to celebrate unity and tolerance. The book has colorful illustrations and is a great way to introduce children to advocacy and activism, while giving them a real-life example of how standing up for your rights can end in victory.