When and Where is the Celebration?
We in the UK have been watching with interest the progress and development of "Loving Day" in the USA. We therefore thought that we would do something fairly modest this year - invite up to 10 mixed heritage couples to join us for the afternoon in sharing lunch and drinking a toast to Mildred and Richard - as well as to the efforts being made by you guys across the pond (aka the Atlantic). To cap it all, included in our invitation is a couple whose surname is LOVING and whose daughter has married someone from another heritage, resulting in two lovely children of mixed heritage. Our guests were reminded that mixed heritage unions in the UK still suffer from social disapproval and even suppressed guilt - so says a married couple (Jamaican and Polish) of a 43 year old union.
After The Event
Two couples as well as Mr & Mrs Loving were unable to attend. Most of them had visited the LovingDay website and therefore had a clear idea what the purpose of our gathering was about. It was a very enjoyable experience with some expecting a repeat in 2017. We decided not to have background music as we wanted people to talk with one another as they were largely stranger to one another. Among the party were 3 children (2-15), one courting couple, 2 dentists, and some retired professionals. After we gave the tribute and toasted to Mildred and Richard's victory in Virginia, everyone was invited to say something of their experience of being of mixed heritage - starting with the youngest (Mark, age 12) who also entertained us with his cards tricks and origami skills. It was commonly accepted that the scope for discussing and sharing the value and experience of mixed heritage family life was largely absent from most lives.