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Interracial Marriage Then and Now

Together for decades, four couples discuss struggles and offer advice

  • Chris and Minerva Warwin, New York

    Married 43 years Being an interracial couple does not define the Warwins. "Two people fall in love. Why is this news?" says Chris. Their past also taught the Warwins that "you have to step away and realize that your new family is going to be where you go," says Chris. "You can't let the old family hold you back." — Photo by Ball & Albanese

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In the last 30 years, the number of interracial marriages in the U.S. has more than doubled. In 1980, 7 percent of new marriages brought together people from different racial or ethnic backgrounds, reports the Pew Research Center. Today, 15 percent of newlyweds are crossing the racial divide.

See also: Faces of the Freedom Rides: Ten who went, then and now.

Societal attitudes about these unions have also shifted. Today, nearly
two-thirds of Americans say they're fine with people marrying someone of a different race. In 1986, only 28 percent of people agreed with that

Here are the stories of four couples, married more than 30 years, who
crossed racial, societal and even legal barriers to be the pioneers that
paved the way for today's new way of thinking about interracial marriages.

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