When authorities discovered them, they were again arrested.

This time they appealed the charges against them until their case made it to the Supreme Court, which ruled in 1967 that anti-miscegenation laws violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

They say that love is the tie that binds, and not blood.”When civil rights activists married, they not only challenged laws but sometimes their own families.

Till’s murder sparked international outcry and motivated Americans of all races to join the civil rights movement.

Just three years after Emmett Till’s horrific murder, Mildred Jeter, an African American, married Richard Loving, a white man, in the District of Columbia.

When protagonist Cassie Logan’s cousin visits from the North to announce that he’s taken a white wife, the entire Logan family is aghast.

“Cousin Bud had separated himself from the rest of us…

In (2001), Rebecca Walker, daughter of African American novelist Alice Walker and Jewish lawyer Mel Leventhal, described the ethos that impelled her activist parents to marry.“When they meet…

my parents are idealists, they are social activists…for white people were part of another world, distant strangers who ruled our lives and were better left alone,” Cassie thinks.“When they entered our lives, they were to be treated courteously, but with aloofness, and sent away as quickly as possible.At the last minute, a sympathetic sister convinced their mom to come.They planned to stay just for dinner, but they closed the place down at 1 a.m.On the flip side, African American men who so much as looked at a white woman could be killed, and brutally so.