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Richard and Mildred Loving, the husband and wife who helped legalize interracial marriage in 1967, weren't civil rights activists. Call them civil rights passivists: two apolitical homebodies who rarely left the hour-and-a-half radius of the rural Virginia county where they fell in love when he was 18 and she was 11. They weren't there when Loving v. Virginia inspired the Supreme Court to unanimously overturn anti-miscegenation laws. They never read the High Court's decision, in which Justice Earl Warren thundered, "Marriage is one of the 'basic civil rights of man,' fundamental to our very existence and survival." Their lawyers claimed to have never met the Lovings' three children. Only after it was all over, and the Lovings could carry on their quiet lives without fearing prison, did Mildred even give their legal team a hug.

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