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Jessie’s family had been vehemently opposed to the marriage and had done all in its power to prevent it. Walmisley invited Samuel to the family home where she and her husband shook his hand in a formal gesture of acceptance.
Coleridge-Taylor and his family were targets of abuse from groups of local youths who would repeatedly shower him with insulting comments about the color of his skin.
Attitudes towards Interracial marriage have changed dramatically, in just the last generation.
The release of the book “Interrupted Journey” in the mid-1960s, and a movie called The UFO Incident, starring James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons turned Betty and Barney Hill into the world’s most famous UFO “abductees.” Interesting Fact: Some psychiatrists suggested later that the supposed abduction was a hallucination brought on by the stress of being an interracial couple in early 60s.
On the night of September19th, 1961, Betty and Barney Hill were heading back from a vacation in Southern Canada to their home in New England.
They claimed to have observed a bright light in the sky that appeared to be following them.
It was Bailey’s third marriage and Bellson’s first.
Interracial couples were a rarity at the time, and even Bellson’s presence in the Ellington band raised some eyebrows.