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"Fastest Growing US Group" in the "Year of Obama" Celebrates Multiracial Heritage with Nationwide "Loving Day" Events
The Loving Day Campaign is pleased to announce its sixth year of nationwide celebrations to mark the anniversary of Loving v Virginia (1967), the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in the United States. Loving Day Celebrations are especially popular among multiracial Americans, who are the fastest growing demographic group according the latest census figures (AP). This year’s celebrations hold special significance because of the election of the first multicultural US president, Barack Obama. Along with the latest census numbers, his election has brought multicultural identity to the public consciousness and has inspired an unprecedented number of people to participate in this year's Loving Day Celebrations.
The Loving Day Flagship Celebration in New York City will be the largest event in 2009 with over 1000 guests expected. It will be held on Sunday, June 7th 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 barbecue will be served all day and free beer will be served for the first hour. There will be free performances by two of New York City's top DJ's, DJ Dhundee and DJ Tyler Askew. This year's celebration is generously sponsored by Asahi, Puma, Good Magazine, Cupid's Lab, Mixed Child, Sugar Cuts Music, Rude/MFT, World Up, and Solar One. The event is open to everyone, including guests of all ages.
Thousands of others will participate in annual Loving Day Celebrations around June 12th by attending large public events in major cities or by hosting private celebrations for their friends and families. The celebrations are as diverse as the people who host and attend them. Events range in size from about twenty guests for private groups to many hundreds for the largest public gatherings. As of this writing, public Loving Day events will take place in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia, Miami, Salem, OR, St. Louis, MO, Santa Cruz, CA, Jonesboro, GA, Canoga Park, CA, State College, PA, and Tokyo, Japan.
Through an ever-growing number of celebrations and through a year-round online campaign, The Loving Day Project fights racial prejudice through education and builds multicultural community. For more information on this year’s Loving Day events, please visit us online at: http://www.lovingday.org
About the Loving Day Project
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 or around 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.