This April issue of Oprah is about real love, and the lead couple in the feature is a black nurse who is married to a white doctor. I am not surprised when I see such couples featured in magazines. But it was clear from the photo that Paula Davis and Charles Graff were not newlyweds. They have that look couples have when they have been together for a long time. They looked so … comfortable.
Well, they have been married for 45 years, which is three years longer than the landmark case Loving v. Virginia. In 1967, the U.S. Surpreme Court ended all race-based restrictions on marriage. When the Graffs tied the knot in 1964, interracial marriage was illegal in 19 states. They are a remarkable couple. It had not occurred to me that there would be mixed-race couples who had been married for nearly half a century. How inspiring.
Anchor Soledad O’Brien’s parents also were married before Loving v. Virginia. Listen to her story above.