Normally on Wednesdays we post new reviews. Today we’re doing something a little different. We’re participating in the Loving Day Blog Hop. Welcome to all the blog hoppers!
It’s hard to believe that just 46 years ago, there were still states with laws on their books that made it illegal to marry someone of another race. Such was the case until 1967 when the Supreme Court struck down the last of those laws with a ruling in the Loving v. Virginia court case.
A REAL LIFE HAPPILY EVER AFTER
Mildred Loving, a Native American and black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man, were forced to leave the state of Virginia in order to avoid jail time for living together as husband and wife. Though they moved, they took their fight to the Supreme Court, which resulted in the landmark decision on June 12th. The Supreme Court unanimously decided, “There can be no doubt that restricting the freedom to marry solely because of racial classifications violates the central meaning of the equal protection clause.”
LOVING DAY CELEBRATIONS
To commemorate the occasion, every year on the date the laws were struck down – June 12th – people celebrate Loving Day. If you’d like to find a celebration near you, visit the Loving Day website to see which cities are celebrating and what they’re doing. For more information about the Lovings (how appropriate is their last name?), get the documentary The Loving Story, which aired on HBO Valentine’s Day in 2012. It’s available from Amazon and on Netflix.
If you’re visiting this site for the first time, we’re romance lovers whose goal is to advance the awareness and appreciation of diversity in romance novels. The hero or heroine of all romance novels on this site will be a person of color. We invite you to peruse our pages and check out the book reviews, many of which are about books that contain interracial relationships.
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: A $10 Amazon or B&N gift card so you can purchase those romance novels you’ve had your eye on.
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How to enter: Leave a comment below telling us your favorite romance genre(s) to read (you do not have to include your email address).
Deadline to enter: June 12, 2013 @ 11:59 PM PST. Winner will be notified via email, and their name will appear in the comments section below on June 13th.
Prize open to international entrants.
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