50th Anniversary of Loving v Virginia: Anne and Frank Jealous

June 13, 2017 – Segment 1

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage. To commemorate that momentous decision, we welcomed Fred and Anne Jealous and their son Ben – former President of the NAACP and current gubernatorial candidate in Maryland – into our studio to talk about their marriage. Fred and Anne were married in Washington, D.C., because they were barred from marrying in their home state of Maryland. They took a risk each night they spent together in Maryland, for fear of being woken up and dragged away by the police. They have now spent a half-century of life fighting for civil rights and building a coalition, together. Both were active in the civil rights movement in Maryland, and Anne was one of the first Black students at Western High School. These two brave individuals discuss what it meant to live in Maryland during this difficult time.