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  1. Melody J Haislip
    March 11, 2012

    And may they rest in peace together as they were meant to be. I remember this very well. I was living in DC at the time of the court case and had just begun to date an African American man, my son’s father. Believe me, things are a lot better now than they were then! God bless them for fighting for freedom for the rest of us! Love your poem and your post, Larry!

    • Larry Conley
      March 12, 2012

      Melody,

      Wow I had no idea this would have such personal relevance to you.

      Mildred and Richard were two unassuming people who apparently believed love would conquer all and they turned out to be right!

      Good for them and good for us. I had to honor their courage and their love in the face of true injustice. It is horrible to be denied the right to vote, but how much more horrible is it to be denied the right to consummate and formalize one’s love?

      BTW: Alabama did not repeal its hateful law until the year 2000.

      That is one example why I assert
      “Let us affirm as one and all that no sane state

      Has the right to pass laws enacting hate.”

      That’s what these laws others pushed under the camouflage of “states’ rights” are all about; they are based on hate.

      As ever,

      Larry

  2. Katy
    March 11, 2012

    I just learned about this story recently when I saw a preview for the documentary: The Loving Story. http://lovingfilm.com/ but I forgot about it until I read your lovely poem. Must go in search of the film now. Thanks, Larry.

    • Larry Conley
      March 12, 2012

      Katy,

      Thank you for these kind words and I am glad I reminded you of the documentary. I have seen it and believe it is well done.

      These two people were unassuming, but truly courageous. Their struggle is so relevant to one of the many lunacies rampaging today.

      Thanks again,

      Larry

  3. MantraLotus
    March 11, 2012

    Beautiful and soul wrenching. I remember this case too. It hurts my heart how ignorance can cause so much cruelty. But, isn’t it beautiful how LOVE eventually prevails? Glorious tribute to love and libation for his couple’s testimony.
    I’m in tears Larry. This is so moving, your perfect poem and then Mildred’s words..Wow. A magnificent float.

    “Richard and Mildred deserve their due
    For holding fast to a love so true.
    Let us learn what their fight taught
    Let those who love marry as they ought.”

    VICTORIOUS!!! (awesome title btw)

    • Larry Conley
      March 12, 2012

      Mantra,

      This as everything you say means a ton to me.

      I just had to write something to honor their courage, their devotion to one another, and their victory.

      I am glad it moved you and so grateful for your kind words.

      As ever,

      Larry

  4. DeanWalker
    March 12, 2012
    • Larry Conley
      March 12, 2012

      Dean,

      Thanks for sharing one more among the many reasons to be grateful to Mildred and Richard.

      Two unassuming people who fought for love and won! Their victory was not only for themselves as you well know.

      Thanks again,

      Larry

  5. Cher Duncombe
    March 12, 2012

    Wonderful poem and post, Larry. It shows that sometimes love suffers, but in the end—even if it means in the afterlife, it prevails. This is such a heartbreaking story. Thank you for bringing this and raising awareness that we may be only two steps from going back to those dreadful days.

  6. Larry Conley
    March 12, 2012

    Cher,

    My heart was touched by these two. They were not flamboyant in anything except their love and their courage.

    You are right. The winds of hate are howling more than they have in decades.

    When will we ever learn; when will we ever learn?

    As ever,

    Larry

  7. Larry Conley
    March 12, 2012

    Only 40 percent of Mississippi GOP voters believe interracial marriage should be legal!

    A whopping 46 percent of likely GOP primary voters said they think interracial marriage should be illegal, while only 40 percent said they think it should be allowed. Another 14 percent said they were unsure.

    http://www.aolnews.com/2011/04/08/46-percent-of-mississippi-republicans-want-interracial-marriage/

    What country are these people living in or should I ask “what century”?

  8. Risha
    March 14, 2012

    Thanks, Larry, for the wonderful poem. Those GOP stats are pretty sad. I wanted to share this lovely video w/ you all. It’s called “One Prayer” by Karl Anthony:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQeeZDkMCUQ

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