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Loving Day Celebrations Reflect Record Numbers of Interracial Couples and Multiracial People In America
New York, NY (May 19, 2012)
Loving Day, the world's largest network of multiracial celebrations, is experiencing record growth in the wake of the 2010 Census results.
The Loving Day Campaign is pleased to announce its eighth year of global celebrations to mark the anniversary of Loving v Virginia (1967), the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in the United States. According to the Pew Research Center, "about 15% of all new marriages in the United States...are between spouses of a different race or ethnicity, more than double the share in 1980 (6.7%)...looking at all married couples...regardless of when they married...intermarriages reached an all-time high of 8.4%. In 1980, that share was just 3.2%." According to the US Census Brief entitled "Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010," over 9 million people selected "Two or More Races." That's over 2 million more than in 2000, which is a 32% increase. Before 2000, it was not possible to select more than one race. Loving Day Celebrations are positioned to become more popular than ever as more people embrace multiethnic relationships and identity.
The Loving Day Flagship Celebration in New York City will be the largest event in 2012 with over 1000 guests expected. It will be held on Saturday, June 9th from 3:00-7:00 PM (rain date Sunday 6/10) 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 will be served all day and free beer will be served for the first hour. There will be free performances by some of New York City's top DJ's, Dhundee and DJ T-Mic. This year's celebration is generously sponsored by Asahi, Puma, Universal Light and Sound, Brooklyn Historical Society, World Up, Solar One, Mixed Marrow, and Swirl. As always, the event is open to everyone of all ages.
Thousands of others will participate in annual Loving Day Celebrations on or around June 12th by attending large public events in major cities 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. Events are planned in cities nationwide.
The Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival is the largest Loving Day Celebration on the West Coast. It will feature Comedy Central stars Key and Peele, as well as New York Times best-selling author Heidi Durrow. It will be held at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Story Corps will hold a special community recording and art-making day for multiracial, multiethnic and mixed heritage individuals, couples and families at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. As of this writing, public Loving Day events will also take place in Seattle, WA; Chicago, IL; New Orleans, LA; Austin, TX; Denver, CO; Wichita, KS; Richmond, VA; Macon, GA; Hampton, GA; Davis, CA; Northampton, MA; Middletown, CT; and Baltimore, MD.
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.