Who can plan or intend love as a social statement? Or rather, can one even plan love?
I’d never heard of Mildred Loving before I met Andrew. I had no intentions for an interracial relationship. I had no desire for advocacy. No plan, no agenda, no motive. No desire for 40,000 people to read our story, or learn our names.
But that all happened when I simply met a good man, and we fell in love. Oh, how that angered the world in a new way! It was scary and traumatic for us, and there is no way that I could imagine what Mildred and Richard Loving endured.
Richard died traumatically, some years into their marriage. What irony that they endured death threats, and outlived them all…long enough to change the world for people like me and Andrew.
So Happy Birthday Mildred, and thank you for making your life count, for easing the way for hundreds of thousands of people in this country, whom you never even thought of… Thank you for your perfect name – for the lesson in Loving through the hardest of times…for showing that only Love can combat systematic hatred.
Thank you to Focus Features, the creators of Loving (the film) for honoring this untold story of the truest type of love.