Attorney Philip Hirschkop Discusses the Landmark Loving v. Virginia Case

May 6, 2008

On May 2, 2008, Mildred Loving passed away in her home in Milford, Virginia. Loving was the petitioner in the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia; the 9-0 decision struck down the state of Virginia's ban on interracial marriages. Loving, an African-American woman, brought the case because she wanted to live with her white husband, Richard, and raise their children in Virginia.

Following the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Mildred wrote then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, asking him if the new law would allow them to live together in Virginia. Kennedy forwarded the letter to the ACLU's National Capitol Area office. ACLU volunteer attorneys and Philip Hirschkop and Bernard Cohen represented the Lovings in appeals to both district and appellate courts. Losing both appeals, they took the case to the Supreme Court. Hirschkop talks about the case, and about Mildred Loving, in this podcast.

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