Beyond the movie, this moment in our history is one of many that ought not be forgotten, whether or not it's perceived as a convenient or comfortable time. It depicts the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple from Virginia who were legally married on June 2, 1958, in Washington D.C. However, their marriage was considered to be illegal in their home state. Upon receiving an anonymous tip, the county sheriff and deputies raided their house in the middle of the night. They were told their marriage license was null and void under Virginia's 400-year-old anti-miscegenation laws, and were jailed.
On Saturday I went to a Peace Rally in my city. The #MyBlackHasAPurpose event was the first of its kind that I had ever attended. I was restless leading up to it. I couldn’t sleep the night before. I knew how I hoped and prayed it would go, but what if? What if? What if??... My husband and I decided to attend as a family, which only led to another layer of uncertainty... I was unsure about a lot of things. Yet, I knew none of my questions would be answered if I didn’t do the one thing that would lead to all the rest: I needed to show up and take that first step.