Cathy Erway

Mildred and Richard Loving, the couple that helped secure our right to interracial marriage (Getty Images)

If you happen to be a multiracial person hailing from one of the 16 southern states and are 50+ years old, it’s likely that your parents committed a felony by having you. That’s because it was only 49 years ago that the Supreme Court overturned laws forbidding interracial marriage in the landmark 1967 decision, Loving vs. Virginia. The trial brought an end to the years-long legal battles of Mildred and Richard Loving—perhaps the most aptly named couple in history—whose home was raided one night by police because they were married, she was black, and he was white.

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