"Virginia Hasn't Always Been for Lovers: The History of Laws Banning
Interracial Marriage" - Tuesday, February 29th, 10:00 to 11:30, 105
Phyl Newbeck, Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Specialist with AA/EO
will give a one hour presentation, followed by a question and answer
session on the history of American laws barring marriage between members of
different races. These laws began in 1664 and continue to this date with a
Section of the Alabama Constitution which states that "[t]he legislature
shall never pass any law to authorize or legalize any marriage between any
white person and a negro, or descendant of a negro."
Laws against interracial marriage existed in forty states and encompassed a
variety of racial, ethnic and even religious groups. They were not
declared unconstitutional until 1967, but states continued to try to ban
such unions well into the 1970's. Come learn more about a little known
part of American social history.