Mildred Loving reflects on breaking the color barrier

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Born Mildred Jeter, she's known mostly by the name she took when she--a black woman living in segregated Virginia--dared break the rules by marrying a white man named Richard Loving.

The union landed the Lovings in jail, and then before the U.S. Supreme Court, and finally in the history books; 40 years ago Tuesday, the court ruled in favor of the couple, overturning laws prohibiting interracial unions and changing the face of America.

Mildred Loving is a matriarch to thousands of mixed couples now sprinkled in every city. But she hardly considers herself a hero _ just a girl who once fell in love with a boy.

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