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10 Years of Loving Day Celebrations Inspire High-Profile and Homegrown Celebrations Nationwide For The Fastest Growing Youth Demographic
New York, NY (May 20, 2013)
The Loving Day Project, the world's largest network of multiracial celebrations, is celebrating a tenth year of events that fight prejudice through education and build community for the fastest growing youth demographic in the United States. Loving Day celebrations commemorate the June 12th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia (1967), the Supreme Court decision that declared all laws against interracial marriage in the United States to be unconstitutional.
According to the 2010 US Census, multiracial children are the fastest growing youth demographic at a rate of 46.3%. These children are among the over 9 million people selected "Two or More Races", a 32% increase since 2000 (according to the US Census Brief entitled Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010). That's over 2 million more than in 2000, which is a 32% increase. The "Two or More Races" skews young overall, with "41 percent was under age 18, compared with 26 percent of the total population" (according to US Census special report entitled We the People of More Than One Race in the United States).
Thousands of diverse supporters will participate in annual Loving Day Celebrations on or around June 12th by attending large public events in major cities nationwide or by hosting more intimate celebrations for their friends and families. In Los Angeles, actress Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni (Argo, The Young and the Restless) will perform her solo show One Drop of Love to celebrate Loving Day, a performance produced by Ben Affleck, Chay Carter, and Matt Damon. In Louisiana, the New Orleans Loving Festival will screen films such as A Lot Like You directed by Eli Kimaro (broadcast on PBS, multiple Best Documentary awards from festivals like the Asian American International Film Festival) and Family Portrait in Black and White (LA Weekly Critics Pick, and other positive reviews). Smaller events include a book reading in Seattle organized by MAVIN, a multiethnic community organization. They also include an evening out in Denver, CO organized by Denver In Color, whose 2012 celebration included participating in the Denver Triathlon and appearing on ABC News.
The Loving Day Flagship Celebration in New York City will be the largest event in 2013 with approximately 1500 guests expected. It will be held on Saturday, June 15th from 3:00-7:00 PM at Solar 1, located on the East River waterfront at 23rd Street in Manhattan (2420 FDR Drive, Service Road East, New York, NY 10010). Free barbecue will be served all day and free beer will be served for the first hour. There will be free performances by some of New York City's top DJs: Dhundee, DJ Eko, and Deep Just. This year's celebration is generously sponsored by DateWhoYouWant.com, Asahi, Puma, Flavorpill, Brooklyn Historical Society, World Up, Solar One, Mixed Marrow, and MAVIN. As always, the event is open to everyone of all ages.
The Loving Day Project also launched a new initiative in 2013 entitled "Loving Day On Campus" to address the growing number of multiethnic student organizations who wish to celebrate Loving Day before the end of the academic year. This year, celebrations were held at Brown University, Smith College, Skidmore College, Washington University in St. Louis, and New York University. These celebrations complement the growing number of presentations by Loving Day representatives as public speakers at venues such as Harvard University, Georgetown University, and the University of Southern California (USC).
About the Loving Day Project
Annual Loving Day celebrations commemorate the June 12th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia (1967), the Supreme Court decision that declared all laws against interracial marriage in the United States to be unconstitutional. Loving Day is celebrated in cities nationwide and internationally, collectively forming the world’s largest network of multiethnic community celebrations. Our mission is to fight racial prejudice through education and to build multiethnic community. Our vision is to create an annual tradition that will make the Loving case a universally recognized civil rights landmark.