The Loving Civil Rights Award

Mildred and Richard Loving

Mildred & Richard Loving

Named for the couple that fought the ultimate form of housing discrimination when they were barred from living in Virginia because of their interracial marriage, our annual Mildred and Richard Loving Civil Rights Award honors civil rights leaders and thinkers, those who have worked to change the course of history, those who have challenged how history is written, and those who are making history today.  Scroll down for a video about the Lovings’ story, or check out the new feature film. (For a listing of previous honorees, click here.)


2016 Loving Dinner

Our 9th Annual Loving Civil Rights Award Dinner will be held
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 5:30 – 8:30pm
The Bond Ballroom, Hartford, CT

Mark your calendars!  Tickets on sale in late winter 2017.

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Announcing our 2017 Loving Civil Rights Award Recipient:

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones
Investigative Journalist
The New York Times Magazine

Ms. Hannah-Jones is an award-winning investigating journalist covering civil rights and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. She has spent much of her career investigating the way racial segregation in housing and schools is maintained through official action and policy.  In 2016, her episodes of NPR’s This American Life on school segregation (“The Problem We All Live With“) won a Peabody Award.  Prior to that, she contributed many feature stories exploring housing and school segregation to ProPublica’s award-winning Segregation Now series (which also led to another episode of This American Life, “House Rules,” focused on fair housing).  In 2015, she co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Journalism, an organization dedicated to increasing and retaining reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting.  

The Center is honored to present Ms. Hannah-Jones with the 2017 Loving Civil Rights Award in recognition of her commitment to investigating and exposing the root causes of segregation in housing and schools.


Additional 2017 honorees to be announced soon!

Questions? Contact Shannon Houston, Communications and Development Coordinator, at (860) 263-0730 or for more information. 

Photo credit for image of Nikole Hannah-Jones: Kathy Ryan, New York Times

1967 Report on the Loving Case (ABC News)

To learn more about the Lovings and their Supreme Court victory, go here.

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