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LAS VEGAS – When a minister refused to marry Silver State Schools Credit Union Loan Services Specialist Ruth White and her husband Steve in 1980 because they were an interracial couple- it sparked what has been a continuing educational crusade for the couple. White and her husband have co-authored a book entitled Life Through the Eyes of an Interracial Couple. “When Steve’s minister refused to marry us we knew it was racist and knew it was important to expose people to what happens behind the scenes and as we spoke to people they kept telling us we had to write down our story,” said Smith. “So we published this book which is a compilation of our first book Autobiography of an Interracial Couple released in the `80s and updated information on dealing with racism across the board in education, religion, politics, the news and entertainment industry and the impact of 9/11.” Self published through books on demand, White says the book, which took about three years to write, delves into subjects that aren’t typically discussed and offers ideas on how people can be judged on their heart, character and qualifications to do a job instead of the color of their skin. It also includes personal photo and stories on celebrities like Edward James Olmos, Montel Williams, Clint Holmes and Leeza Gibbons. So far the book is currently listed with over 25,000 outlets here in the United States and across the world including Borders.com. No stranger to the limelight, the Whites have appeared on and been featured or quoted in The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, E! Entertainment, CNN and C-Span. “There is an enormous population of interracial couples and biracial children teens and adults and many of them do not have a clue that Steve and I have been living what Dr. Martin Luther King talked about in his `I Have A Dream’ Speech. We see ourselves as educators first. We’ve taught it to our children and we hope to share it with others so that we can eventually become a colorblind society,” said White. [email protected]cutimes.com

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