Published by Arthur A. Levine Books
Summary: Yes, the couple who took their fight for legalizing interracial marriage all the way to the Supreme Court was named Loving. Richard Loving and Mildred “String Bean” Jeter were both from Central Point, Virginia. When they decided to get married in 1958, they had to travel to Washington, D.C., because Richard was white and Mildred was part African-American and part Cherokee. They moved back to Central Point, but a few weeks later they were jailed for “unlawful cohabitation”. Eventually, they made a home in Washington, D.C., but they took their case to the Supreme Court. In 1967, the Court decided it was unconstitutional to make marriage illegal based on race, and the Lovings were finally able to move back to Virginia.
Pros: This is a fascinating story, particularly in light of recent changes in laws around gay marriage. The illustrators are also an interracial couple, and the author’s notes about their marriage and the blending of their artwork are interesting as well.
Cons: There’s only one photograph of the Loving family at the end of the book, and it’s kind of hard to see their faces.