Christine and Steve met at a party in Phialdelphia in the 1960s, and they've been together ever since. Christine is black, and grew up in Glassboro, New Jersey. Steve is white and was raised in Philadelphia.
In this episode of the Loving Project, they describe what it was like to be an interracial couple in the 1960s and 1970s, deciding to move to New York, where they felt more accepted at the time, and eventually coming back to Philadelphia, where they raised their son while running an alternative culture bookshop on Philadelphia's Bohemian South Street.
Lesley and Cord met while Lesley was working at Duke University and Cord was a graduate student at the school. In their very first conversation, Lesley impressed Cord with her critique of his favorite medieval author, St. Augustine, even though they had very different impressions of him. Despite their differences, the two became friends, and eventually began dating while both graduate students at Duke.
Lesley grew up in North Carolina while Cord was raised in New Jersey and Philadelphia. They got married in 2009 and live in Philadelphia with their three year-old daughter. In this episode of the Loving Project, Cord and Lesley discuss the impact of the 2016 election, the intersection of African-American and Southern culture, and their intentional approach to parenting a biracial child.
Eric and David married nearly 5 decades after the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage, but just a year after another Court ruling that made same-sex marriages like theirs legal across the United States.
David is white, and grew up in a small town in Oregon, before moving to Portland for college and then Princeton, New Jersey, where he studied at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Erci is black, and grew up in a black neighborhood in Baltimore, but went to a predominantly white high school.
The couple met in Philadelphia.