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This year marks the 52nd 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 16th consecutive year of these celebrations, which collectively form the world's largest network of multiracial community events.
Interracial relationships have received recent international press. The birth of the royal baby Archie has “special meaning” for multiracial people, according to a May 2019 Washington Post piece, as Megan Markle's royal wedding to Prince Harry did before. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded positively to a video by All Elite Wrestling (AEW) executive vice president Cody Rhodes, who is in an interracial marriage with professional wrestler Brandi Rhodes. When he said “I told Brandi one time that I don’t see color, and she said ‘Well, then you don’t see my experience.’” On May 26th, Ocasio-Cortez replied that “This exchange is a promising peek into what growth looks like in our national discourse on race.”
53 percent of Gen Zers says interracial marriage is good for society, which is greater than 30 percent of Baby Boomers and 20 percent of Silents, according to a Pew Research study, and reported in May 2019 by Trust, the magazine of Pew Charitable Trusts). In contrast, “at least 15 per cent of Canadians would never have a relationship with someone outside their race” according to a May 2019 poll by Ipsos for Global News. 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.
The hash tag #lovingday has previously trended at #3 on twitter in the U.S. thanks to diverse couples, families and individuals who shared their photos and stories. Loving Day has been 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 52 years after the Loving decision. This year, over 20 Loving Day celebrations have been announced in 15 cities for 2019, including New York; New Orleans; Philadelphia; Boston; Minneapolis; Chicago, Grand Rapids, MI; Burlington, VT; Griffin, GA; Idaho Falls, ID; El Cerrito, CA; Riverhead, NY; Strasbourg, France; Utrecht; Netherlands; Vienna, Austria, and more, many of which are listed on LovingDay.org. This includes 4 countries: the U.S., France, the Netherlands, and Austria. There have been over 340 announced Loving Day Celebrations since the project started 16 years ago (2004).
In New York City, the Loving Day Flagship Celebration took place on Sunday, June 9th. Diverse families gathered for an outdoor picnic with barbecue, drinks, and activities for all ages from 3:00-7:00 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 featured top NYC DJ Dhundee and is generously sponsored by Asahi, HI New York City Hostel, Flavorpill, The Mash-Up Americans, and community partners Hapa Mag 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.