11 Years of Loving Day Celebrations Nationwide Highlight Country's Increasing Diversity, as Bill de Blasio Makes History in New York City | Loving Day
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11 Years of Loving Day Celebrations Nationwide Highlight Country's Increasing Diversity, as Bill de Blasio Makes History in New York City

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 3:23pm -- lovingday
Date: 
06/04/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

New York, NY (Updated June 10, 2014)

The Loving Day Project, the world's largest network of multiracial celebrations, is celebrating a eleventh year of events that fight racial prejudice through education and build multicultural community. 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.

In 2014, Bill de Blasio made history as the first interracially married mayor of New York City. He is among the very few elected officials with such diversity in his family. His victory is a reflection of the growing acceptance for diverse families in politics and the world at large. This election was deeply meaningful to many New Yorkers, especially to those in interracial relationships and their children. Mayor de Blasio, Chirlane McCray, and their children Dante and Chiara have been invited to the Loving Day Flagship Celebration in New York City.

Loving Day was officially recognized in New York City this June thanks to a New York City Council resolution. It was sponsored by District 4 Councilman Daniel R. Garodnick.

According to a Gallup Poll, 11% of Americans still do not approve of interracial marriages as of 2013. This is in contrast to 94% disapproval in 1958, the year that Mr. and Mrs. Loving were arrested for their interracial marriage. 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).

The Loving Day Flagship Celebration in New York City will be the largest event in 2014 with approximately 1500 guests expected. It will be held on Saturday, June 14th 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 Asahi beer will be served all day along with food for purchase from the Kimchi Taco Truck. There will be free performances by some of New York City's top DJs: Dhundee, and DJ Kamala. This year's celebration is generously sponsored by InterracialDatingCentral.com, Asahi, Flavorpill, Brooklyn Historical Society, Solar One, Mixed Marrow, and MAVIN. As always, the event is open to everyone of all ages.

Thousands of diverse supporters will participate in annual Loving Day Celebrations on or around June 12th in at least 25 cities nationwide, and Osaka in Japan. Some are large public events , while others are more intimate celebrations for their friends and families. Actress Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni (Argo, The Young and the Restless) will perform her solo show One Drop of Love to celebrate Loving Day at the Brooklyn Historical Society, a performance produced by Ben Affleck, Chay Carter, and Matt Damon. In Los Angeles, the Mixed Remixed Festival will celebrate Loving Day with a film, book, and media festival at the Japanese American National Museum. There will be a screening of the three time Emmy-nominated documentary The Loving Story in Detroit. Smaller events include dance lessons in Seattle organized by MAVIN, a multiethnic community organization.

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.

Loving Day Contact:
Ken Tanabe
(212) 361-9756
ken@lovingday.org
www.lovingday.org