Mississippi’s First Interracial Couple – Roger Mills and his new bride, Berta Linson

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Mississippi’s First Interracial Couple – Roger Mills  and Berta Linson

Mills, who is white, wanted to marry a black woman.  In most parts of the country, white men looking for black women would not have been a big deal in 1970. But in Mississippi, a state still resisting integration and clinging to a Jim Crow past that condemned “race mixing” as un-Christian, it absolutely was.

Mills didn’t expect to have any problems when he walked into the local courthouse to apply for a license. Three years earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court had unanimously struck down a Virginia law banning interracial marriage. Mississippi’s statute was essentially the same as Virginia’s and was surely a dead letter.

It wasn’t that simple. A local racist group got wind of the couple’s plans and successfully petitioned a state judge to issue an order forbidding the county clerk from granting the license.

Mills began to get worried. “We had sent out all of these invitations and were not anticipating this,” Mills said. “This was going to mess up everything. We didn’t know what we were going to do.”

The couple turned to the courts – first state, then federal. After a whirlwind of activity spanning two weeks, a federal appeals court lifted the order on the clerk, and Mills’ union with Berta Linson became Mississippi’s first legally sanctioned interracial marriage.

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Roger Mills and his new bride, Berta Linson, are all smiles as they leave the church following their wedding in Jackson, Mississippi, Aug. 3, 1970. The interracial marriage marked the end of the state’s anti-miscegenation laws.

The elder Mills said he never sought his fight.

“I just fell in love,” he said.

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5 Great Apps for Meeting New Friends

The world feels much smaller than it used to. Social networking means you can be regularly in contact with people on the other side of the world. But it can also feel like a much lonelier place, too, with it being hard to cultivate local relationships. Sure, you can sign up to a dating app or site, but what if you just want to make new friends?

Here’s a selection of 10 great apps for doing just that:

1. Facebook (Free)

facebookFacebook is a popular social-networking site (and app) where users connect with people of their choosing — either privately or publicly — and post pictures, text, or videos. Users also can play games, watch videos, decorate their pages, post and tag photos, share favorite product information, “like” favorite celebrities and social causes, live-stream video with Facebook Live, connect with goods and services, and live-chat via Messenger, an app that is integrated with Facebook.

2. Instagram (Free)

instagramInstagram is a popular platform for instantly enhancing photos and videos with cool effects and sharing them across a number of social media platforms. The terms specify that users should be at least 13 years old and should not post partially nude or sexually suggestive photos but do not prohibit the portrayal of violence, swear words, or drugs. Users can flag photos for review, but mature content still appears in some photos and in the comment sections. Photos shared in Instagram are public and may have location information unless privacy settings are adjusted. Also, it’s possible to save other users’ photos. Instagram Direct allows users to send private photos directly to other users.

3. Meetup(Free)

meetupMeetup works across thousands of cities. Its aim is to help bring together groups of people that have common interests. By signing up, you can immediately check out what your local area has to offer. Whether it’s simply a group full of people of a similar age, or a keen bunch of tech or fitness fans, there should be something for you.
Meetup is massive and it continues to expand. There are now 105,000 local Groups in 45,000 cities across the world. 340,000 Meetups happen monthly across 117,000 topics, and the site now has 11.1 million members. For low-key, social dating, Meetup is well worth a try.

4. MeetMe (Free)

meetmeMeetMe offers over 100 million people chatting, covering all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. In which case, you should be able to find someone who shares your interests. You can start the conversation via a form of status update giving people an insight into your life, before delving further into things and maybe even making a new friend.

5. Girlsaskguys (Free)

gagGirlsAskGuys is a digital community meant to close the gap between genders by bringing them together to help each other. Women and men discuss lifestyle issues such as dating, relationships, fashion, and health by sharing their experiences and opinions to help the opposite sex understand their own.