Other Notable Deaths

May 06, 2008

MILDRED LOVING , 68

Intergration pioneer

Mildred Loving, a black woman whose challenge to Virginia's ban on interracial marriage led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling striking down such laws nationwide, died Friday at her home in Milford, Va. The cause of death was not disclosed.

"I want [people] to remember her as being strong and brave yet humble - and believed in love," said her daughter, Peggy Fortune.

Mrs. Loving and her white husband, Richard, changed history in 1967 when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld their right to marry. The ruling struck down mixed-marriage bans in at least 17 states.

Her husband died in 1975. In a rare interview last year, Mrs. Loving said she never wanted to be a hero - just a bride.

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