Richard and Mildred Loving never set out to make history. But the love they had for one another changed our nation’s history when the two became the focus of one of the most famous and important civil rights cases in the last 50 years.
On Valentine’s Day 2012, HBO will show “The Loving Story”, a documentary depicting the love story of Richard and Mildred, and their triumphant legal victory against anti-equality laws that made interracial marriage illegal at the time.
You can see the trailer here: The Loving Story.
“This is a love story,” said director Nancy Buirski. “And it’s a story about people who were told they couldn’t love who they wanted to love.”
In 1967, The United States Supreme Court struck down our country’s remaining anti-miscegenation laws, ruling them unconstitutional in response to the lawsuit brought by the Loving’s after they were arrested and charged with violating Virginia state statutes that outlawed interracial marriage. The Supreme Court wrote in its decision that “Marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man, fundamental to our very existence and survival.”
Following the Supreme Court ruling, Richard and Mildred lived freely and happily, together with their children, until Richard’s untimely death in 1975 from a car accident. Before her death in 2008, Mildred said the following: “Not a day goes by that I don’t think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the “wrong kind of person” for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry.”
It just so happens that in June of 2011, my wife and I stood in front of the same Supreme Court of these United States that ruled in support of the Lovings, and we exchanged our own wedding vows. My hope and wish for us all is that someday, Mildred’s belief that equal marriage rights should be granted to ALL citizens in our country will be brought to fruition. And I hope that you join my wife and I on Valentine’s evening in watching a truly remarkable and historical love story…a story that changed our country forever.
When considering and planning a special Valentine’s treat for my wife and I to share with each other and our family, and with all of you, I decided that I wanted to make a little something sweet and “Loving” in tribute to the journey that Richard and Mildred travelled that paved the way to change for our country.
I was looking for a “black and white” (in color) dessert. It just so happens that UncleR’s favorite cake (or is it a pie?) is Boston Cream Pie. While researching a yummy Boston Cream Pie recipe, I stumbled across these Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes from Joelen at What’s Cookin, Chicago. I knew they were perfect! Personal-sized Boston Cream “Pies”! And for someone like me, who counts chocolate as one of her least-favorite dessert items, it seemed like a great fit!
These cupcakes were a bit time consuming, but not difficult at all to reproduce. Let me tell you right now, that I would do this again and again and again to get the same result. The cake is light and substantial all at the same time, with a mild sweetness that is important in contrast to the rich pastry cream and chocolate glaze. And the pastry cream is good enough that when I had some leftover, I threatened everybody in the house within an inch of their lives if they even so much as took a step towards it with a spoon.
I hope you enjoy a “Loving” Valentine’s Day this week. Whether you’re partnered, married, single, or something in between, everyone deserves a “Loving” Valentine’s Day. I hope these cupcakes are delicious and will be a sweet addition to your holiday or just any ol’ day in general.
Cheers to you, Richard and Mildred!
Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3 large egg yolks
1/3 cup sugar
pinch of table salt
4 tsp. cornstarch
2 Tbs. unsalted butter, cold and cut into 2 pieces
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 sticks (12 Tbs.) unsalted butter, softened but still cool, cut into 12 pieces
3 large eggs
3/4 cups milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup light corn syrup
8 oz. bittersweet (or semi-sweet) chocolate chips (approximately 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
You really should share these with your loved ones…
Either way, I hope your Valentine’s Day this year is a ”Loving” one.
And don’t forget to watch The Loving Story on HBO on Tuesday night! Happy Valentine’s Day y’all.