Nationwide Celebrations Commemorate 40 Years of Legal Interracial Marriage | Loving Day

Nationwide Celebrations Commemorate 40 Years of Legal Interracial Marriage

Mon, 12/15/2008 - 10:33pm -- geoffrey
Date: 
06/05/2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
New York, NY (June 5, 2007)

The Loving Day Campaign is pleased to announce nationwide celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia (1967), the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial couples in America. Thousands of people will gather at organized events in New York, Chicago, Arlington (Virginia, DC area), Southern California and the Bay Area, Portland, and Eugene. Additionally, people all over the country will host private celebrations for their friends and families.

Annual Loving Day celebrations are held on or around June 12th. This year's Loving Day celebrations have been organized by a collaborative team of organizations and individuals that work with the multiethnic community: AMEA, iPride, Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC), Biracial Family Network (BFN), Honey, Oregon Council on Multiracial Affairs (OCMA), Eric Byler (acclaimed film director and political activist), and Loving Day. The celebrations are as diverse as the people who attend them. This year's venues include the Manhattan waterfront, public parks, backyards, churches, restaurants, bars, and community centers. Events range in size from about twenty guests for private groups to about 500-1000 for the largest public gatherings.

Through an ever-growing number of celebrations and through a year-round online campaign, Loving Day fights prejudice through education and builds a sense of community among people who engage in meaningful interracial and intercultural
relationships. For more information on this year's Loving Day events, please visit us online at:
http://www.lovingday.org/list_of_celebrations.htm

About the Loving Day Campaign

Loving Day is about fighting prejudice through education and creating a sense of community among people that engage in meaningful interracial and intercultural relationships. 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 the Sunday
closest to 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.

Loving Day Contact:
Ken Tanabe
(212) 361-9756
ken@lovingday.org

AMEA Contact:
Jungmiwha Bullock
(410) 908-5869
jbullock@ameasite.org

General Information:
www.lovingday.org
info@lovingday.org

Participating Organizations and Individuals:

Loving Day
http://www.lovingday.org

AMEA
jbullock@ameasite.org
http://www.ameasite.org/

iPride
info@ipride.org
http://www.ipride.org/

Biracial Family Network (BFN)
robintillmon@hotmail.com
http://www.bfnchicago.org/

Eric Byler
ericbyler52@gmail.com
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=EricByler52

OCMA
Aresinst@aol.com
http://www.ocma-multiracial.org/

MASC
jonathan.brent@mascsite.org
http://www.mascsite.org/