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New York, NY (June 9, 2004)
The Loving Day Campaign is throwing parties on both coasts to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the nationwide legalization of interracial couples in America. On June 12th, guests will gather at the Remote Lounge in New York and the Song house in Seattle for drinks, DJ's, musicians, a little bit of history, and a lot of celebration.
“These parties are the big kick-off for a new annual tradition” said Ken Tanabe, founder of the Loving Day Campaign. “Our goal is to have a Loving Day party in every state. In addition to the parties we organize, we are encouraging Americans to host their own gatherings. This is a chance for people, especially younger people, to learn about our history and to discover a new appreciation for their rights. It's also a great excuse to have a party.”
The 2004 Loving Day parties are free and open to the public. The group of guests will be diverse, although the majority will most likely reflect the campaign's 18-30 year old target age group. The event is being promoted in collaboration with
other New York area multiracial community groups including Swirl, Eurasian Nation, and Mixed Media Watch.
The East Coast Loving Day Party will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Remote Lounge in New York City, which is located at 327 Bowery at 2nd Street. The West Coast Loving Day Party will be held at the Song house in Seattle, WA, which is located at 2418 East Roy Street between 24th and 25th Avenues. Complete directions are available online at http://www.lovingday.org/holiday.htm
About the Loving Day Campaign
Less than 40 years ago, interracial couples were illegal in many states in America. Marriage, sex, and cohabitation were all punishable offenses. Many Americans, especially younger generations, are not aware of this part of American history.
The goal of the Loving Day Campaign is to raise awareness of legal restrictions on interracial couples in American history through digital media, including video animations and a web portal. The Campaign promotes an annual commemorative
day on June 12th, the day that the Supreme Court legalized interracial relationships with the case of Loving v. Virginia (1967). The Campaign encourages grassroots celebrations on Loving Day, both organized and spontaneous. For more information, please visit www.lovingday.org.