Oxford, Ohio

Loving Day Proclamation Oxford OH 06/6/23

Office of the Mayor


Whereas: Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple from Virginia, were arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia’s felony law prohibiting interracial marriage; and

WHEREAS, the Loving family bravely took their case to the United States Supreme Court and won, overturning their conviction in a landmark 1967 civil rights ruling known as Loving v Virginia; and

WHEREAS, this victory overturned all laws banning interracial marriage nationwide based on the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the 14th Amendment; and

WHEREAS, collectively, we should fight to preserve our hard-won civil rights and freedoms, including the right to marry people from other racial or ethnic groups, and never take them for granted; and

WHEREAS, the City of Oxford is home to a growing number of interracial and multiracial families; and

WHEREAS, an annual celebration known as Loving Day is held on June 12th in communities throughout the nation to commemorate and celebrate the anniversary of the 1967 Loving v Virginia victory.

NOW, THEREFORE, be it proclaimed that the City Council does hereby proclaim June 12, 2023, as

“Loving Day”

In the City of Oxford, and invites everyone to recognize this day as a celebration of multiculturalism and to reflect on Richard and Mildred Loving and all of the brave people who have and will continue to fight for the civil right and freedom to love.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of Oxford to be affixed this 6th day of June 2023.



Recognition Date: June 6, 2023
Recognition Credit: Mayor William B. Snavely
City: Oxford
State (if in the U.S.): Ohio
Country: United States