Forty-one years ago today, the Supreme Court struck down a Virginia law preventing marriage between races. Every year on June 12, interracial couples celebrate Loving Day, commemorating the ruling in Loving v. Virginia that made our unions lawful. [Washington Post]
List of 2008 Loving Day Celebrations
New York CityDATE: Sunday, June 8th
LOCATION: Solar 1 (East River Waterfront at East 23rd St, NYC). Rain or shine - we have a big tent!
YOUR HOST: Loving Day and World Up.
DETAILS: Join us for the largest Loving Day celebration in the nation! We will have free BBQ (all afternoon), free beer (first hour) courtesy of Asahi, free ice cream (first hour) from Ben and Jerry’s, free organic soft drinks (first hour) from Steaz, and a big raffle with prizes from Puma and Zipcar! We’ll have special performances by DJ Spooky and DJ Rekha, as well as Dhundee! Special thanks to our sponsors: Asahi, Solar One, Ben and Jerry’s, Zipcar, Steaz, DJ Spooky, WorldUp, and Puma. Community sponsors: The Association of MultiEthnic Americans (AMEA) and Swirl NYC. We have a huge tent covering the entire space, so we will be celebrating, rain or shine! It’s the 5th anniversary of the Loving Day project! We had 1000 guests last year - we hope that even more of you will join us this year! Join our email list to make sure you get invited!
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Los Angeles, CADATE:Thursday, June 12th - Saturday, June 14th
TIME: schedule varies daily
LOCATION: Japanese American National Museum
YOUR HOST: Mixed Chicks
RSVP: Register here
DETAILS: The Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival will be an annual event celebrating films and literary works exploring racially and culturally Mixed heritages. The Festival is inclusive: anyone who identifies as Mixed, has a trans-racial or trans-cultural adoptive family, or who supports interracial and intercultural relationships is welcome. Acclaimed author Rebecca Walker will present the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival Opening Address for the kick-off Loving Day party, celebrating the Supreme Court decision which affirmed the right of people of different races to marry, on June 12, 2008, at 7pm. DJ Life and DJ Vika spin decades of dance floor classics. The party is held in conjunction with the Loving Day celebration in New York City hosted by Loving Day and World Up.
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Chicago, ILDATE: Thursday, June 12th
LOCATION: La Pomme Rouge (must be 21 and over) - 108 W. Kinzie Chicago, IL
YOUR HOST: Biracial Family Network ( BFN), Biracial and Friends, Chicago Multiracial Meetup
RSVP: not required
DETAILS: Who should come: Anyone who wants to Celebrate the June 12, 1967 Supreme Court decision (Loving vs the State of Virginia) to legalize interracial marriage nationwide! And to meet new friends! It’s a multiracial type of gathering. Why: Sadly, Mrs. Mildred Jeter Loving passed away recently. Let’s honor her memory and show appreciation for her and her husband Richard Loving, whose courageous fight for love influenced our nation.
MORE INFO: www.interracial.meetup.com
Seattle, WADATE: Saturday, June 14th
LOCATION: To be determined, possibly Garfield Community Center (2323 East Cherry St., Seattle WA 98122)…
YOUR HOST: MAVIN Foundation
DETAILS: Join the Mavin Foundation to celebrate Loving Day and to honor the life and legacy of Mildred Loving. This free celebration will include raffles, games and activities for children and families, an interactive demonstration of the Mixed Heritage Center (www.mixedheritagecenter.org), and resources about the mixed heritage movement.
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Washington, DCDATE: Friday, June 13th
LOCATION: Cubano’s - 1201 Fidler Lane (corner of Ramsey) Silver Spring, MD 20910
YOUR HOST: Swirl DC
RSVP: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
DETAILS: Swirl DC is celebrating Loving Day over some Cuban cuisine, come join us as we celebrate the strength and courage of Mr. and Mrs. Loving as well as interracial couples worldwide!
MORE INFO: www.restaurant.com/cubanos
Eugene, ORDATE: Sunday, June 15th
LOCATION: Monroe Park -10th & Monroe in Eugene, OR
YOUR HOST: Honey, Inc. (AMEA affiliate)
DETAILS: 2-3 pm Memorial to Mildred Jeter Loving, 3-4 pm Live Music with Vibe Nation, 4-5 pm Live Music with Peoples Choice, 5-6 pm African Dance and Drum with some members of Won Ta Nara. This is a family friendly event! The parks department warned us the bathroom will be closed that day. Honey Inc. would love to have some donations for this event and other activities that we do. Please send to: Honey Inc. Box 23241 Eugene, OR 97402
MORE INFO: (541) 343-4023 or email@example.com
Portland, ORDATE: Sunday, June 22nd
LOCATION: Ainsworth United Church of Christ
YOUR HOST: Ainsworth United Church of Christ
DETAILS: The entire church service is dedicated to the Loving Decision.
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Portland, ORDATE: Thursday, June 26th
LOCATION: OHANA Hawaiian Cafe (NE 63rd and Sandy Boulevard)
YOUR HOST: Portland International District and Oregon Council on Multiracial Affairs
DETAILS: This series of plays, “This Place Called Home,” will be dedicated to the Loving decision.
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Portland, ORDATE: Saturday, July 12th
LOCATION: The park blocks in the Roseway neighborhood on NE 72nd Avenue and Sandy Blvd
YOUR HOST: The Portland International District and Oregon Council on Multiracial Affairs
DETAILS: The International Day Festival, an annual event of the Portland International District, has dedicated this year’s event to Mrs. Mildred Loving. The Oregon Council on Multiracial Affairs is a sponsor of this event.
MORE INFO: www.pdxid.com
2008 Celebrations: listings from the general community
San Francisco, CADATE: Thursday, June 12th
LOCATION: The San Francisco LGBT Community Center
YOUR HOST: The National Queer Arts Festival Presents: Queer Loving, a Celebration of Mixed Race LGBTQ Identities.
RSVP: purchase tickets online here
DETAILS: What are the relationships that we form with our families, friends, and lovers as queer people whose racial identities are often ambiguous, exotified and contested? Performers will explore the beautiful moments of resistance within their struggles to love. Featuring performances by: Landa Lakes, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Maceo Cabrera Estevez, Solidad DeCosta, Stuart Gaffney, Twincest, Yosenio V. Lewis, and Zuleikha Mahmood. Curated by Luis Gutierrez-Mock and Luna Maia. Come early to learn more about local mixed race agencies in the Bay Area!
MORE INFO: Queer Cultural Center
Memphis, TNDATE: Saturday, June 14th
LOCATION: Marquette Park
YOUR HOST: Marie “Miriam” Fischer
RSVP: Marie “Miriam” Fischer
DETAILS: This event will be picnic at Marquette Park, and possibly more events throughout the weekend. For those who are coming from out of town I have blocked off a limited number of rooms here in Memphis at the Guest Inn. For more info, click here.
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Beverly Hills, MI (Detroit, MI)DATE: Saturday, June 14th
LOCATION: Beverly Park in Beverly Hills Michigan
YOUR HOST: Mixed Roots Movement
DETAILS: We will host a Loving Day celebration at Beverly Park in Beverly Hills Michigan. 3pm-8pm. Food and family fun.
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St. Petersburg, FLDATE: Saturday, June 14th
LOCATION: Craftsman House Gallery & Cafe - 2955 Central Avenue - St. Petersburg, FL 33713
YOUR HOST: Craftsman House Gallery & Cafe
DETAILS: We will be have Loving Day food specials in the cafe, educational materials and other surprises.
MORE INFO: firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 323-2787