Loving Day, celebrated on June 12th, marks the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving vs. Virginia which made all anti-miscegenation laws in the U.S. null and void. In this usage, the term ‘miscegenation’ refers to marriage, cohabitation, sexual relations and procreation between Whites and non-Whites.
Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple, were legally married in Washington in 1958. Not knowing this was illegal in their home state of Virginia, they returned to Richmond. It was here, after numerous arrests and home invasions by local authorities, that the couple began their fight to have their union legalized.
As a family we recently watched the documentary, A Loving Story, about the Lovings. So I asked the kiddos if they had feelings they could share about growing up with a Black mom and a White Dad and how different it was for the Lovings’ children.
Vallory: Girls, please tell the readers how you feel after watching the documentary about the Lovings.
Magdalene: It was really sad and I couldn’t believe that it happened. If that was still a law, half of my friends’ parents would be in jail.
Laneybell: I cried. I wouldn’t want you and daddy to go to jail.
Vallory: Do you think people treat you differently because you have a Black mom and a White dad?
Magdalene: People are surprised when they meet one of you without the other. Then when either you or Dad shows up, they’re like – Your mom’s Black? Or, your dad’s White? I thought you were Mexican! But they are just surprised. That’s all.
Laneybell: Everybody thinks I’m Mexican, Puerto Rican or Indian and then I tell them my mommy’s Black and my daddy’s White. Then they’re like – Okay!
Vallory: Thanks girlys!
A lot has changed in the 46 years, since the Supreme Court’s decision and I think my happy little ones are proof of that. But there is still work to do and bringing attention to Loving Day is a start.
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I think it should a special dinner with the one you love! Kinda like a national date night. And speaking of a date, that’s where my latest release starts.
Déjà Vu begins with one date.
Darcey St. Claire is never surprised when a man is attracted to her. In fact, her style revolves around that assumption. From her short skirts to her thigh-high boots to her flirty laugh, Darcey flits along the edge of provocation to sell the overpriced services of the Hayden Court Hotel and afford her the spot as top Sales Manager.
So the lustful looks Vincent Guidry cast in her direction didn’t faze her. It was the feeling of déjà vu creeping up her spine that made her run at breakneck speed away from the handsome former quarterback.
And she wouldn’t have ever sought him out again. Not for herself. But there was someone else to consider…
View the trailer on Youtube: Déjà Vu
Good Luck and don’t forget to visit the next author on the hop, Eve Vaughn
**PS – Miss Magdalene says that anyone who says her name is beautiful should get a double entry.** Winner will be announced on Thursday!