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Loving Day Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Legal Interracial Marriage

Mon, 12/15/2008 - 10:36pm -- geoffrey
Date: 
05/09/2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
New York, NY (May 9, 2007)
The Loving Day Project Hosts the Nation’s Largest Loving Day Celebration in New York City

The Loving Day Campaign is pleased to announce its fourth year of nationwide celebrations to mark the anniversary of Loving v. Virginia (1967), the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in America. 2007 is a special milestone because it marks the 40th anniversary of the Loving decision. The largest celebration will be on Sunday, June 10th from 3-7 PM. The event will be held at Solar 1, New York City’s first solar-powered “green energy, arts, and education center.” Solar 1 is located on the East River waterfront at 23rd street in Manhattan (2420 FDR Drive, Service Road East, New York, NY 10010).

The Loving Day Celebration in New York City will offer food and beverages for sale and for free. Ben and Jerry’s will provide an ice cream truck, and will generously donate 25% of all sales to the Loving Day Project. Music will be provided by Tyler Askew (Rude/MFT), who DJ’s regularly at popular nightclub APT in New York’s trendy Meat Packing District. There will be a raffle with valuable prizes from Puma and Vincent Longo. Zipcar is providing a hybrid vehicle for the Loving Day event staff. The event is open to everyone, including guests of all ages.

Annual Loving Day celebrations are held on or around June 12th. Many hundreds are expected to attend the New York City celebration, and thousands of others will celebrate Loving Day by attending large public events in major cities nationwide 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.

Additionally, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Loving Decision, the Loving Day Project is proud to be a co-organizer of Loving Decision Conference 2007: The Next 40 Years on Multicultural Communities. This international academic
conference being held from June 21-24, 2007 at the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice on the campus of Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. The Loving Day Project is pleased to collaborate with and support the Association of MultiEthnic Americans (AMEA), who is the coordinating sponsor.

Through an ever-growing number of celebrations and through a year-round online campaign, The Loving Day Project fights prejudice through education and creates a sense of community among people that engage in meaningful interracial and intercultural relationships. For more information on this year's Loving Day events, please visit us online at:
http://www.lovingday.org

About the Loving Day Project

Loving Day is about fighting prejudice through education, connecting cultures, and creating a sense of community among people that engage in meaningful intercultural relationships. 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 the Sunday closest to 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.

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

Solar 1 Contact:
Jenn Su
(212) 505-6050
jenn@solar1.org
www.solar1.org

Conference/AMEA Contact:
Jungmiwha Bullock
818.230.2285 / 410.908.5869
coordinators@lovingconference.com
www.lovingconference.com