Christine is black, and grew up in Glassboro, NJ; while Steve is white and was raised in Philadelphia, PA. They met in Philadelphia in the 1960’s against the backdrop of the civil rights and Black Power movements. They made their home in the city’s Powelton Village neighborhood, which had a strong counterculture community. Later the couple moved to New York City, where they felt more acceptance as an interracial couple.
They eventually returned to Philadelphia, where they raised their son while running an alternative bookshop on Philadelphia’s bohemian South Street. In this episode of the Loving Project podcast Steve and Christine share what it was like to be in an interracial relationship at such a pivotal and tumultuous time in the history of American race relations and reflect on the how far society has (or hasn’t) progressed since then.