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New York, NY
Loving Day Flagship Celebration in New York City sets the standard for a growing global network of multiracial events
For the 6th year, the Loving Day Flagship Celebration combined diversity, multicultural community, food, and music to create one of New York’s most distinctive cultural events.
The Loving Day Flagship Celebration brought an ethnically and culturally diverse group of about 1,100 together under a huge festival tent in New York City to celebrate the anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court case that legalized interracial marriage in the U.S. The event was held on Sunday, June 7th 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).
Guests included everyone from the hippest New York twenty-somethings to young couples with children, from college students to extended families with babies and grandparents. Loving Day is especially popular among interracial couples and multiracial individuals. Free barbecue and beer were provided, as were performances by two of New York City's top DJ's: DJ Dhundee and DJ Tyler Askew. Loving Day founder Ken Tanabe gave a speech about the significance of the Loving case, and connected it to Barack Obama and the latest census data showing multiracials as the fastest growing population in the U.S.
In the words of some of our guests:
"There’s the outside world, and then there’s Loving Day." - Jevaun Howell
"I can feel a palpable sense of camaraderie here." - Willie Davis
"People I never met would just tell me their life's story." - Noelle Brassey
Thousands of others will participate in annual Loving Day Celebrations around June 12th. As of this writing, Loving Day events are planned in 19 cities in 3 countries. These include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia, Miami, Tokyo, Barcelona, Salem, OR, St. Louis, MO, Santa Cruz, CA, Austin, TX, Salem, OR, Jonesboro, GA, Canoga Park, CA, Carlsbad, CA, State College, PA, Fort Collins, CO, and Idaho Falls, ID.
This year's celebration was generously sponsored by Asahi, Puma, Good Magazine, Cupid's Lab, Mixed Child, Sugar Cuts Music, Rude/MFT, World Up, and Solar One.
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:
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.