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Loving Day Celebrations Honor Obama's Sister and Reach New Cities in 2010
New York, NY (June 22, 2010)
Loving Day, the world's largest network of multiracial celebrations, included a ceremony to honor Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng (sister of President Barack Obama) and global events from Idaho to Tokyo in 2010.
Loving Day, the world's largest network of multiracial celebrations, has become more prominent in 2010, both within the multicultural community and beyond it. On June 11th, Loving Day was featured on the TIME Magazine website in an article entitled "Loving Day Honors Mixed-Race Marriage, Fights Prejudice." In Los Angeles, Barack Obama's sister Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng spoke at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival (the largest Loving Day Celebration on the west coast) at the Japanese American National Museum, where she received the "Loving Prize."
2010 marked the seventh year of nationwide Loving Day Celebrations to mark the anniversary of Loving v Virginia (1967), the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in the United States. Loving Day Celebrations are especially popular among interracial couples, who now make up about 1 in 7 of all new marriages in the United States according to a recent Pew Research Center study. This study and the last year's scandal involving Keith Bardwell (the Louisiana Justice of the Peace who refused to marry an interracial couple) has kept interracial marriage in the news and brings more people to Loving Day Celebrations.
The Loving Day Flagship Celebration in New York City continued to be the largest event in 2010 with close to 1000 guests. It was held on Sunday, June 13th from 3:00-7:00 PM at Solar 1, located on the East River waterfront at 23rd Street in Manhattan (2420 FDR Drive, Service Road East, New York, NY 10010). Free barbecue was served all day and free beer was served for the first hour. There were free performances by two of New York City's top DJ's, Dhundee and DJ Moni. Children wrote letters to President Obama, asking him to officially recognize Loving Day. This year's celebration was generously sponsored by Asahi, Puma, Good Magazine, Mixed Marrow, Friends We Love, Sugar Cuts Music, Mixed Child, World Up, and Solar One. The event was open to everyone of all ages.
Thousands of others participated in annual Loving Day Celebrations around June 12th by attending large public events in major cities or by hosting private celebrations for their friends and families. The celebrations are incredibly diverse, ranging from a picnic in Wichita to a film screening in Tokyo, and even a cruise departing from Miami. As of this writing, public Loving Day events took place in 23 cities, also including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Orlando, Tempe, San Diego, Cambridge, Amherst, and Idaho Falls. Several more events are yet to come. Through an ever-growing number of celebrations and through a year-round online campaign, The Loving Day Project fights racial prejudice through education and builds multicultural community. For more information on this year’s Loving Day events, please visit us online at: http://www.lovingday.org
About the Loving Day Project
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 or around 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.