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An Altadena Love of Historic Proportion

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In honor of Valentine’s Day

Artist Charles White (1918-1979) and author/educator Frances Barrett White (1926-2000) were married in 1950.  Frances wrote Reaches of the Heart in 1994, a loving literary tribute to her husband.  

Noted painter and lithographer, Charles White was a significant part of the twentieth century social realist art scene. The book is an endearing love story, and an intimate picture of what life was like for an interracial couple in a world not ready to accept such a union. The family eventually moved to Altadena, where they were active in civil rights issues and the integration of local public schools.