Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson had set the date and mailed invitations but, the day before their wedding, the pastor of the predominantly white First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs said the ceremony would not go ahead.
The pastor told them a small number of church members had virulently opposed holding the event at the church, and he faced being sacked if he went ahead with it.
The difference between now and 50, 60 years ago is that it was a vociferous minority who objected, not the overwhelming majority who simply thought that that’s the way things are and should be.
Things ain’t perfect anywhere as a quick look around our own society will show. But they have largely got better if not yet achieved nirvana.