FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
New York, NY (May 12, 2005)
The Loving Day Campaign is pleased to announce its second year of nationwide celebrations to mark the anniversary of Loving v. Virginia (1967), the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial couples in America. Loving Day hosts celebrations in major cities on June 12th, but also encourages people to host celebrations of their own. Through an ever-growing number of celebrations and through an information-rich website, The Loving Day Campaign strives to educate people about love, race, and the law in American history.
"Americans learn about landmark civil rights cases such as Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education, but many of us have never heard of Loving v. Virginia," said Ken Tanabe, founder of the Loving Day Campaign. "Loving Day celebrations bring this history to a new generation of young adults in an exciting way. Also, since interracial relationships are still an issue, Loving Day encourages people to think about our civil rights and how they apply to us today."
The Loving Day Campaign provides year-round information online at LovingDay.org. A multimedia interface allows users to visualize the scope of the laws against interracial couples as they changed from state to state, and from year to year. The site also features a courtroom history, stories submitted by interracial couples, and ways to learn more about multiracial issues and the multiracial community. Educators and community leaders are encouraged to use campaign materials as classroom tools and catalysts for discussion.
On June 12th, 1967, the Supreme Court found in the case of Loving v. Virginia (1967) that interracial relationships were protected by the Constitution. The Loving Day Campaign believes that this is a cause for celebration, and invites everyone to join us every year on June 12th in celebrating and spreading the word.
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.