The Loving Family. 

Richard and Mildred Loving in 1965.

This beautiful couple was responsible for the breaking of the interracial marriage laws back in the day. I guess you could say that adversity was their middle name. When the state of Virginia denied them the right to tie the knot as well as 15 other states,they finally sealed the deal in Washington D.C and upon their return to their hometown,they faced arrest for their unlawful union and disgraced by the public eye. 

Mildred described herself not to be a political person ,but took her case to the United States Supreme Court in Washington ,getting the full attention of then Attorney General Robert F .Kennedy and the world.The rest is history, but what a way to make it. 

The images above were taken by Grey Villet for a full cover story  for the New York Times.When looking at them I can only think of one word: hope.

A documentary about the Loving family (The Loving Story) by filmmaker Nancy Buirski will be out by February 14. 

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