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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.
In "Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self," Rebecca Walker, daughter of African American novelist Alice Walker and Jewish lawyer Mel Leventhal, described the ethos that impelled her activist parents to marry. my parents are idealists, they are social activists…
they believe in the power of organized people working for change,” Walker wrote.
Besides, for a black man to even look at a white woman was dangerous.” This was no understatement, as the case of Emmett Till proves.
While visiting Mississippi in 1955, the Chicago teen was murdered by a pair of white men for allegedly whistling at a white woman.
“In 1967, when my parents break all the rules and marry against laws that say they can’t, they say that an individual should not be bound to the wishes of their family, race, state, or country.
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.
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Miscegenation is defined by sexual relations between people from different racial groups.
The term stems from the Latin words "miscere" and "genus," which mean "to mix" and "race," respectively.