Mildred Loving also appears on TIME’s “Fond Farewells” of 2008.

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She never saw herself as a trailblazer. Yet the 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which struck down interracial marriage bans, was Loving’s doing. Years after she and her white husband were thrown out of Virginia for having the gall to wed, Loving wrote Robert F. Kennedy, who was moved to action. Sometimes a single voice is all it takes.

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