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New York, NY (Updated May 29, 2015)
The Loving Day Project, the world's largest network of multiracial celebrations, is coordinating their 12th consecutive year of nationwide events. Loving Day celebrations commemorate the June 12th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia (1967), the Supreme Court decision that declared all laws against interracial marriage in the United States to be unconstitutional.
A film about the plaintiffs in Loving v. Virginia is set for release in 2016. Titled simply Loving, it is directed by Jeff Nichols, known for Mud (2012) starring Matthew McConaughey. Richard Loving will be played by Joel Edgerton (Zero Dark Thirty), and his wife Mildred will be played by the Irish-Ethiopian actress Ruth Negga (World War Z).
This year, award-winning author Mat Johnson published Loving Day, whose title reflects a pivotal moment in the story at a Loving Day celebration. The protagonist is, like Johnson himself, the son of an Irish-American father and an African-American mother. Loving Day explores multiraciality, fitting-in, building community, and finding love. It has gotten positive reviews in the New York Times, NPR, and other publications.
Even as Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray continue as the first interracial First Family of New York City, other interracial couples are making political history. The Taiwanese-American Stephanie Chang, married to Sean Gray (who is African-American), was elected to represent the 6th District in the Michigan State House of Representatives. In Washington DC, Vivek Murthy became the first Indian-American Surgeon General of the United States. His fiancée is Chinese-American. Loving v. Virginia is an important legal precedent in the argument for same-sex marriage, which is currently being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges.
As recently as 2013, 11% of Americans still do not approve of interracial marriages, according to the Gallup Poll. In 1958, the year that Mr. and Mrs. Loving were arrested for their interracial marriage, the disapproval rate was 94%. According to the US Census Brief, “Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010”, multiracial children are the fastest growing youth demographic at a rate of 46.3%.
The Loving Day Flagship Celebration in New York City will be the largest event in 2015 with approximately 1500 guests expected. It will be held on Saturday, June 13th from 3:00-7:00 PM (rain date Sunday, June 14th) 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 Asahi beer will be served all day along with food for purchase from Big D's Grub Truck. There will be free performances by some of New York City's top DJs: Dhundee, and DJ Kamala. This year's celebration is generously sponsored by Asahi, InterracialDatingCentral.com, Flavorpill, the Brooklyn Historical Society, Solar One, Mixed Marrow, MAVIN, and the Heart of the Desert Trilogy by XS. As is the tradition, our event is open to all ages.
Thousands of diverse supporters will participate in annual Loving Day Celebrations on or around June 12th in cities nationwide and worldwide. They range from small, intimate celebrations for families and friends, to large public events. Actress Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni (Argo, The Young and the Restless) and Mixed Roots Stories will collate submissions into the commemorative project Visualizing Loving Day. In Los Angeles, the Mixed Remixed Festival will celebrate Loving Day with a film, book, and media festival at the Japanese American National Museum; performers in past events have included Comedy Central’s Key & Peele. Additional events are listed on LovingDay.org.
About the Loving Day Project
Annual Loving Day celebrations commemorate the June 12th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia (1967), the Supreme Court decision that declared all laws against interracial marriage in the United States to be unconstitutional. Loving Day is celebrated in cities nationwide and internationally, collectively forming the world’s largest network of multiethnic community celebrations. Our mission is to fight racial prejudice through education and to build multiethnic community. Our vision is to create an annual tradition that will make the Loving case a universally recognized civil rights landmark.