This year marks the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia -- the Supreme Court decision that struck down state laws banning interracial marriage.

Five decades later, interracial marriage has become more common- but it's not without challenges. We're partnering with the Loving Project podcast to tell some of the stories of interracial married couples in our region.

Anastasia Shown and and Symean Braxton have been married for 6 years. Anastasia is white and grew up in Indiana, and Symean is black and grew up in rural New York State.

Now they live in West Philadelphia, where they're raising two young boys.  They are learning that raising interracial children comes with its own, unique set of challenges.

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This story is part of a collaboration between WHYY and "The Loving Project" podcast, produced by Brad Linder and Farrah Parkes. Hear a longer version of of Anastasia and Symeon's story at the Loving Project website, and subscribe to "The Loving Project" podcast via iTunes for more stories.