Over 10 Million Americans and Growing: The Multiracial Community Commemorates 40 Years of Legal Interracial Marriage | Loving Day
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Over 10 Million Americans and Growing: The Multiracial Community Commemorates 40 Years of Legal Interracial Marriage

Mon, 12/15/2008 - 10:39pm -- geoffrey
Date: 
05/09/2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
New York, NY (May 9, 2007)
Loving Day Co-sponsors “Loving Decision Conference 2007: The Next 40 Years of Multiracial Communities”

The Loving Day Project is proud to be a co-organizer and a gold-level sponsor of the Loving Decision Conference 2007, an international academic conference being held from June 21-24. 2007 at the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice on the campus of Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. For the first time in U.S. history, this event will bring together interracial couples, multiracial/ethnic individuals, and transracial adoptees. It will also unite policy makers, educators/students, celebrities, and advocacy organizations representing all communities on critical issues that continue to fragment our nation.

The Loving Day Project is pleased to collaborate with and support the Association of MultiEthnic Americans (AMEA), who is the coordinating sponsor of the Loving Decision Conference 2007. The Loving Day Project is proud to be one of twelve organizations that are co-organizing the conference. The other co-sponors include iPride (CA), Oregon Council of Multiracial Affairs: OCMA (OR), MOXCHA (Canada), Honey, Inc. (OR), Multiracial Americans of Southern California: MASC (CA), Multiethnic Education Program: MEP (CA), Interracial Family Circle: IFC (DC/MD), Biracial Family Network (IL), The Topaz Club, Bridge Communications (IL), and the American Counseling Association.

According to the 2000 US Census, there are now more than 3 million interracial marriages and nearly 7 million Americans who identify themselves with their multiple heritages. In addition, the number of transracial adoptions has grown significantly, receiving unprecedented attention with recent celebrity adoptions. Despite this rapid increase, there is still a marked lack of awareness and resources for these families and policy makers.

This inaugural gathering is for people from all backgrounds who recognize the complexity of “race” and want to end discrimination and inequality at every level. Participants will include the multiracial community as well as their advocates
including: family members, friends, academics, diversity organizations, business professionals, students, celebrities, political leaders, and religious figures.

Ken Tanabe, Loving Day’s founder, is one of the presenters at the conference. He will be one of over 100 presenters on such diverse topics as race, politics, law, media, art, and community. The Loving Day Project is also planning a nationwide
network of celebrations, including the nation’s largest Loving Day Celebration in New York City on Sunday, June 10th from 3-7 PM at Solar 1, a “green” organization located on the East River waterfront at 23rd Street. Music, refreshments, and entertainment will be provided, and everyone is welcome.

About the Loving Day Project

Loving Day is about fighting prejudice through education, connecting cultures, and creating a sense of community among people that engage in meaningful 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/Conference Contact:
Jungmiwha Bullock
818.230.2285 / 410.908.5869
coordinators@lovingconference.com

General Information:
www.lovingday.org
www.lovingconference.com