FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Nationwide Celebrations Commemorate 41 Years of Legal Interracial Marriage
and the Life of Mrs. Mildred Loving
New York, NY (May 29, 2008)
The Loving Day Project Hosts the Nation’s Largest Loving Day Celebration in New York City
The Loving Day Campaign is pleased to announce nationwide celebrations to mark the 41st anniversary of Loving v. Virginia (1967), the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial couples in the United States. Thousands of people will gather at organized events in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, DC, Seattle, Portland, Eugene, San Francisco, and Memphis. Additionally, people all over the country will host private celebrations for their friends and families. This year, celebrations are being held in memory of Mrs. Mildred Loving. Her passing on May 2nd, 2008 has moved and inspired many individuals to hold their own celebrations to honor her life and legacy.
Annual Loving Day celebrations are held on or around June 12th. This year’s Loving Day celebrations have been organized by a collaborative team of organizations and individuals that work with the multiethnic community: The
Association of MultiEthnic Americans (AMEA), iPride, Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC), Biracial Family Network (BFN), Honey, Oregon Council on Multicultural Affairs (OCMA), MAVIN Foundation, Swirl DC, Mixed
Chicks, Eric Byler (acclaimed film director and political activist), and Loving Day.
The celebrations are as diverse as the people who attend them. This year’s venues include the Manhattan waterfront, public parks, backyards, churches, restaurants, bars, and community centers. This year, there will be the Mixed Roots
film and literary festival held in honor of Loving Day at the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles. Events range in size from about twenty guests for private groups to over 1000 for the largest public gatherings.
Through an ever-growing number of celebrations and through a year-round online campaign, Loving Day fights prejudice through education and builds a sense of community amount people who engage in meaningful interracial and
intercultural relationships. For more information on this year’s Loving Day events, please visit us online at:
About the Loving Day Project
Loving Day is about fighting prejudice through education, connecting cultures, and creating a sense of community among people that engage in meaningful intercultural relationships. The annual Loving Day celebrations commemorate
Loving v. Virginia (1967), the Supreme Court case that legalized interracial relationships in America. The project uses digital media to provide educational resources and to encourage people nationwide to host their own celebrations on the Sunday closest to June 12th. Loving Day teaches people about the history of interracial couples in America. Loving Day Celebrations are an annual tradition that will one day make the Loving case a universally recognized civil rights landmark.