A highschool in Virginia might be renamed to honor Mildred and Richard Loving and their landmark Supreme Courtroom case hanging down state bans on interracial marriage.
The Washington-Lee Excessive Faculty, situated in Arlington, Virginia, may quickly be named “Washington-Loving,” The Related Press reported.
The Arlington college board voted unanimously to alter the varsity’s identify, which was named after Accomplice Basic Robert E. Lee, again in June.
Frank Bellavia, spokesperson for the Arlington Faculty Board, mentioned the proposal to call the varsity “Washington-Loving” was made by a 21-member committee consisting of neighborhood members, college students, employees and school.
The Loving couple, who legally married in Washington, D.C., in 1958, had been later arrested and convicted for violating a state legislation banning interracial marriages after returning house to Virginia. (Learn extra on the Lovings right here.)
On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Courtroom unanimously dominated within the couple’s favor in Loving v. Virginia, hanging down state legal guidelines banning interracial marriage.
The Arlington Faculty Board is ready to satisfy on Dec. 20 to debate the identify change, Bellavia advised HuffPost. The board is then scheduled to vote on the brand new identify on Jan. 10, Bellavia added.