On the list of people important to me, the people who top the list are my family, friends, and Mildred and Richard Loving. Not only are they inspirational in leading their fight for their right to marry somebody they loved, but they gave my parents the right to marry each other. My dad is black and my mom is white, and they were married in 1981 in Washington. Yes, Washington had already legalized interracial marriage in 1967, but had my parents traveled to 16 of the other states in the country without Mildred and Richard's help they would not be recognized as married.
Mildred and Richard gave up their pride and their home for the ability to love each other within the law. I can't even imagine what would have happened to my parents if Mildred and Richard hadn't done that fight for them. They're the reason that my sister and I are here right now, and I don't plan to let this life go to waste.