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This year marks the 51st anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court decision that declared all laws against interracial marriage in the United States to be unconstitutional. Nationwide, aptly-named Loving Day celebrations will commemorate the June 12th, 1967 anniversary of this civil rights landmark. This will be the 15th consecutive year of these celebrations, which collectively form the world's largest network of multiracial community events.
According to a YouGov poll reported in Newsweek in March, 20% of Americans think interracial marriage is “morally wrong.” Adults in the US were also asked about the moral acceptability of various behaviors such as gambling and the death penalty. This disapproval is a stark contrast to Megan Markle's royal wedding to Prince Harry just two months later, and Serena Williams' marriage to Reddit Cofounder Alexis Ohanian last year.
According to a Pew Research Center study in 2017, one in six newlyweds in 2015 were married to someone of a different race. This is in contrast to 3 percent in 1967, the year that the Supreme Court ruled in Loving v. Virginia.
Echoing this growth, the hash tag #lovingday trended at #3 on twitter in the U.S. thanks to diverse couples, families and individuals who shared their photos and stories. Loving Day was also officially recognized by New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (who is in an interracial marriage); Grand Rapids, MI Mayor Rosalynn Bliss; the California State Assembly via House Resolution No. 39 (sponsored by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty); and the Cambridge, MA City Council. Previously, Loving Day has been recognized by the State of Virginia, the U.S. House of Representatives, the City of Los Angeles, the Anti-Defamation League, and many more.
Richard and Mildred Loving's legacy lives on 51 years after the Loving decision. This year, over 31 Loving Day celebrations have been announced in 28 cities for 2018, including New York; New Orleans; Chicago, Cambridge, MA; Durham, NC; Providence, RI, Denver, CO; El Cerrito, CA; Idaho Falls, ID, and many more listed on LovingDay.org. This includes five countries: U.S., France, Netherlands, Austria, and Switzerland. There have been over 330 announced Loving Day Celebrations since the project started 15 years ago (2004).
In New York City, the Loving Day Flagship Celebration will take place on Thursday, June 14th. Diverse families will gather for an outdoor picnic with barbecue, drinks, and activities for all ages from 6:00-9:00 PM at HI New York City Hostel, located on Amsterdam Ave. at 103rd Street in Manhattan (891 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025). This year's celebration features top NYC DJ Dhundee and is generously sponsored by Asahi, HI New York City Hostel, Flavorpill, Brooklyn Historical Society, and community partners Hapa Mag, MAVIN and Mixed Marrow.
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.