Perez v. Sharp: A California Landmark Case that Overturned a Century-Old Ban on Interracial Marriage

Presented on November 16, 2022

Virtual Presentation

We had an engaging presentation on the 1948 case, Perez v. Sharp, where the California Supreme Court found unconstitutional the state’s laws prohibiting inter-racial marriage. This program sketched briefly the history of racial discrimination in California and elsewhere, then turned its focus to how marriage illuminated a path for later, important civil rights cases.

A presentation by the California Supreme Court Historical Society, co-sponsored by the Northern District Historical Society.


  • Justice Joshua P. Groban
    California Supreme Court

Narrated by

  • Justice Teri Jackson
    California Court of Appeal
  • John Caragozian

Additional remarks by

  • Roland Brandel
  • Michael Traynor