PBS Black Culture Connection, PBS Learning Media, and have teamed up on a special feature about interracial relationships and marriages that have changed history around the world.
Join us as we delve into the racial climate of different nations and their views of interracial relationships over the centuries through the lens of groundbreaking rulings, cases, and people who have shifted our social attitudes to what they are today.
When Hernan Cortez arrived in the area, an attempt was made to retrieve Guerrero and one other survivor.
But Guerrero refused to leave, saying, “I am married and have three children, and they look on me as a cacique [“lord”] here, and captain in time of war. What would the Spaniards say if they saw me like this?
In order to evade Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act, the pair had traveled to Washington, D. In 1963, they approached the American Civil Liberties Union to fight their case in court.Their sons Ian and Tshekedi later became significant political figures as well.The marriage is said to have inspired the film A Marriage of Inconvenience and the book Colour Bar.As a survivor of a shipwreck off the Yucatan coast, Gonzalo Guerrero found himself held captive by the Maya.Desperate to avoid being killed, he successfully sought to learn his captors’ language and customs.