About the Project

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Martin Luther King Jr.
“I Have a Dream” speech
Aug. 28, 1963

Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. It was a monumental moment in history. King’s speech filled millions with hope that the future would bring tolerance, compassion and an overall better life for their children.

Nearly five decades later, south Louisiana still finds itself polarized by race. Although racism has changed its form over the years, stereotypes and stigmas of those living across the color line are still prevalent in both rural and urban areas.

Even with this seemingly great divide among races, interracial marriages in Louisiana and across the nation have steadily grown. According to Census Bureau estimates, multiracial individuals make up about 9 million, or 8 percent, of the minority population and will represent a majority of the U.S. population by mid-century. In essence, people are crossing racial boundaries to find love. However, can these interracial couples ever truly find acceptance?

Do parents, who are literally living King’s dream, now fear that their children won't have a place in society because of the color of their skin?

These are some of the questions posed to the 11 couples interviewed for theadvocate.com’s Living Interracial project, which will unfold from Aug. 13 - Aug. 25 and encompass four stories, 13 video interviews and two photo galleries. Each piece of the project is designed to give a different perspective on what it means to build a life with someone of another race.

The goal of the Living Interracial project is simple: It is meant to start a dialogue on a subject that is still seen as taboo in south Louisiana.

Kevin McQuarn
theadvocate.com Entertainment Editor/Chief Videographer