These laws constituted one of the last formal vestiges of the Jim Crow era, and this film shows for the first time what it took to bring them down.
There are things about dating outside one’s race that run deeper than allegations of disloyalty and a few nasty looks when you walk down the street together.
After getting married in Washington, DC, in June 1958, they simply returned to their home in Central Point, Virginia.
Mildred was unaware, she said, of her state’s “Racial Integrity Act,” a 1924 law forbidding interracial marriage—although she later added that she thought her husband knew about it but didn’t figure they’d be persecuted.
Others contained elements of both choice and coercion.
Since the end of the civil-rights revolution interracial dating, interracial sex, and interracial marriage have steadily increased, as has the number of children born of interracial unions.