When and Where is the Celebration?
LOVING DAY Celebration, Time of Reflection on the Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia (1967)
Loving Day celebrations commemorate the anniversary of Loving v. Virginia (1967), the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in the United States. Loving Day fights racial prejudice through education and builds multicultural community.
Come to Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridgwaters Lounge 1st Floor, 5:30-7:30pm on Friday, June 12th for a time of reflection and conversation about Loving Day and the significance of this date to the diverse people of Bloomington and Monroe County.
In tandem with the Indiana University Diversity Education Training, an invitation to the public is extended for an opportunity to acknowledge Loving Day.
Sophia Travis, local musician and former county councilwoman, says this about Loving Day, “When my parents married in the 1960’s, anti-miscegenation laws still declared their marriage illegal in several states. The laws were overturned when I was two years old,” and, “the significance of this reality bears exploration and acknowledgment still today.”
Director of the Office of Diversity Education, Eric Love, shares a kindred story in which he describes, “Upon returning to the United States from a tour of duty in England, in the 1950’s, my parents were expressly not stationed at military bases where the laws still existed.” Love has frequently spoken about Loving Day and Loving v. Virginia with IU students and colleagues in the community. He will be on hand for a portion of the Loving Day time of reflection with some of his students.
Thanks to the Loving decision, laws against interracial marriage were declared unconstitutional and interracial marriage became a part of our civil rights in 1967.
Lemonade and light refreshments will be served. All are welcome. The event is free.