Loving After Fifty Years
The Supreme Court ruling in Loving v. Virginia held in 1967 that laws banning interracial marriage, which were on the books in sixteen southern states at the time, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment in denying principles of racial equality and the fundamental right to marry. On the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark case, an interdisciplinary panel examines the historical origins of anti-miscegenation laws in the United States, the struggles to overturn them, and the paths to greater color blindness and marriage equality after Loving.
Chair of the History Department and Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and Ideas/Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History, University of Texas at Austin
Kevin Noble Maillard
Professor of Law, Syracuse University, and Contributing Editor, The New York Times