She was black. He was white.
But they had a shared interest in dance. She was a famous theatrical dancer and he was one of America’s most renowned costume and theatrical set designers. And they shared an interest in African-Carribean culture.
Over these interests they bonded. And even though it was the 1930s and interracial marriages weren’t recognized in the U.S. and tolerance was low, they decided to pursue their love.
They went on to marry abroad. They adopted a child. He would go on to design every set and every costume she ever wore.
Katherine Dunham and John Thomas Pratt would live life together for almost fifty years.