The landmark Supreme Court decision known as Loving v. Virginia dissolved the prohibition of interracial marriages on June 12, 1967, and this day is now celebrated as Loving Day. (The landmark decision has been cited in the present-day battle for same sex marriage.)
Today, one in 10 marriages are interracial in the United States according to the latest Census data.
But 20 years before Loving v. Virginia, another unlikely romance brewed during World War II under the Arizona sun between a Black nurse and a German prisoner of war.
In commemoration of Loving Day, Fusion spoke with writer Alexis Clark, who is writing a book about Frederick Albert and Elinor Powell, the couple who, despite the odds against them, found love in the desert.