In 1994, fighting broke out in the stands of a Church Point High School football game when Margeaux Coleman was announced as the school’s first black homecoming queen.
At the time, Coleman was dating Randy Colomb, Ann’s fourth son.
The Huffington Post reports that the harassment began in the early 1990s when the Colomb sons began dating White women, including the daughter of a local deputy.
When Mildred became pregnant, the couple traveled to Washington D. where they were legally married in June 1958, evading the state of Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924 that made interracial marriage and interracial sexual relations criminal acts. Virginia decision in June 1967 that paved the way for a complete abolition of state anti-miscegenation laws across the U. “Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival. To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law,” wrote Chief Justice Earl Warren in the unanimous decision.
That was in 1967, during the heyday of the Civil Rights era.
More than 46 years after interracial marriage bans were abolished, mixed-race relationships have reached an all time high in the U. The Los Angeles Times reports that last year, 9 percent of unmarried couples living together came from different races, compared with about 4 percent of married couples. Interracial couples may be becoming much more common in the U.
Census Bureau data shows that interracial couples were more than twice as common in 2012 than in 2000.
Months later, former Ku Klux Klan leader and White supremacist David Duke took part in the town’s White Mardi Gras parade.
Residents of any race are allowed to participate in the parade, but in practice there have always been two separate parades, one for Black residents and one for Whites.
“We didn’t know anything about how all of this worked,” said Ann Colomb in a 2008 statement to “We’d never been in a court before.
I didn’t know the first thing about drugs or the law.” Residents say that Church Point remains a segregated town.
Similarly, 21 percent of likely GOP voters polled in Alabama believe that interracial marriage should be illegal.