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New York, NY (May 29, 2008)
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 fifth year of nationwide celebrations to mark the anniversary of Loving c. Virginia (1967), the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in the United States. This year's
celebrations will be held in memory of Mrs. Mildred Loving, who died on May 2nd at the age of 68. Her legacy continues with the work of the Loving Day Project. The largest celebration will be on Sunday, June 8th from 3-7PM. 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 feature a free performance by acclaimed international recording artist DJ Spooky. Free barbecue will be served all day courtesy of Loving Day. Free beer will be served for the first hour courtesy of Asahi. There will be a raffle with valuable prizes courtesy of Puma, Zipcar, and Ben and Jerry’s. Ben and Jerry’s will also provide ice cream for sale at the event. Zipcar is also providing vehicles 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. Over one thousand guests 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. Event range in size from about twenty guests for private groups to many hundreds for the largest public gatherings.
Additionally, the Loving Day Project is proud to be sponsoring an evening social event of The Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival at the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles, California. The festival is being held in honor of the 41st anniversary of the Loving Decision.
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:
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.