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Longing for a child, the white couple, who were involved in the city’s civil rights struggles, began to research how they could adopt an African American child instead.

ADAD“We were shocked and absolutely furious they wouldn’t let us adopt an African American child,” Kara Speltz remembered.

ADAfter the city rejected their interracial adoption request, a man came into St. Stephen’s with a problem.

ADSome white couples adopted Asian or Native American children, but whites officially adopting African American children were much rarer, Spence said.

ADIn 1969, there were 4,336 black children placed for adoption in the United States, with 1,447 of them placed with white families.

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