Iycee Charles de Gaulle Summary Progress sleeping next to him, Richard pointed

Progress sleeping next to him, Richard pointed

Progress and change is made because of the
people among us who make things happen. Some are patient and persistent. They
know that the journey ahead of them will be long, and that they might not
benefit at all once the goal is reached. Still, for others like Richard and
Mildred Loving, who knew that the road to achieving personal necessities was
going to be tough, eventually saw the light in their victory affecting others in
the coming as well.

The Lovings experienced hardships in the 60s
during a time in which America was unfortunately going through racism and
discrimination. Yet, the Lovings did not view themselves as activists at that
time. They were simply a married couple that stayed quiet – he was white; she
was black – both living in the Virginia countryside. They did not get involved
with the Civil Rights Movement until one night when three police officers awoke
them in their bedroom. When asked to identify the women sleeping next to him,
Richard pointed to a marriage license on the wall. The couple was charged and
later found guilty in violation of the state of Virginia’s anti-miscegenation

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In the first eighteen minutes of the
film, I was shocked that the officers were able to barge into the Loving’s home
and imprison them. Having studied the Civil Rights Movement throughout my high
years, I was not surprised at the fact that the officers treated the Lovings
this way, but more so that the state of Virginia was able to do this – that
interracial marriage was against the law.

After watching the movie, I was very
interested in the Loving v. Virginia
case that I decided to do a little bit of outside research. I wanted to know
more about the way the 14th Amendment played a role in determining
this case’s outcome. I wanted to also know more about what some of the Supreme
Court judges had to say on this account. Finally, I wanted to know how the Loving v. Virginia case impacted the
American society today.

The film does a great job at showing the
Loving’s story and struggles that they went through. I found it inspiring how
they fought against what they knew was morally wrong. Moreover, this film made
me think about the different elements I learned throughout this course. This
class made it easier for me to follow the Loving’s case and route to the
Supreme Court. For example, in the beginning of the semester we were assigned
the Supreme Court current case term synopsis paper, which was supposed to
familiarize the class with reading and figuring out Supreme Court cases. After
doing this assignment, I was able to do the same with the Loving v. Virginia case. The Lovings were tried and convicted at the
October Term, 1958, of the Circuit Court of Caroline County, and appealed
through the Supreme Court of the Virginia state system.1
Indeed, “a grand jury issued an indictment charging the Lovings with violating
Virginia’s ban on interracial marriages.”2
Following that, the Lovings pleaded guilty to the charge in hopes for a lighter
punishment. They were sentenced to one year in jail; but, the judge suspended
the sentence for 25 years on the condition that the Lovings would leave
Virginia and not return together for that period of time.

1 “Loving v. Virginia.” Oyez. Accessed
January 23, 2018. https://www.oyez.org/cases/1966/395.

2 “FindLaw’s United States
Supreme Court case and opinions.” Findlaw. Accessed January 21, 2018.