Sunday, June 11, Ben Jealous, the former NAACP president and candidate for governor of Maryland witnessed his parents Ann and Fred Jealous, renew their wedding vows a the church where it was once illegal for them to get married in 1966. In that spirit of love, the couple also honored the legacy of Loving v.Virginia, the Supreme Court decision, which legalized interracial marriages. June 12th marks the 50th anniversary of that landmark decision.
Ann and Fred Jealous
The ceremony for Ann and Fred Jealous took place at historic St. James Episcopal Church Lafayette Square in West Baltimore, as their son Ben, as well as other family members and friends looked on. Originally, the couple was forced to get married in Washington, D.C. because in 1966, it was illegal for an interracial couple to be married in their home state of Maryland. More than 50 years later Ann and Fred continue their commitment to civil rights, a cause they have spent decades fighting vigorously to promote.
Ann and Fred Jealous stand with their son, Ben Jealous, the former NAACP president and candidate for governor of Maryland.