The Loving Day name comes from Loving v. Virginia (1967), the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in the United States. We found it quite perfect that a couple named Richard and Mildred Loving won their right to marry, and we know a good thing when we see it. So, Loving Day refers to two kinds of loving: the couple in the Supreme Court case, and the original definition of loving.
Loving Day Celebrations
A global network of Loving Day celebrations commemorate the anniversary of the Loving decision every year on or around June 12th. We host the Loving Day Flagship Celebration in New York City, which is the largest of these events (over 1000 guests). We coordinate with multi-ethnic community groups such as The Association of Multi-Ethnic Americans (AMEA), Swirl, Mixed Chicks, and MAVIN Foundation to promote their Loving Day Celebrations all over the United States. We also encourage people to host their own celebrations for friends and family. These celebrations are diverse in terms of both content and location, but we tie them together though our event listings on LovingDay.org. Loving Day Celebrations are shared among friends and passed down through families to establish a new multicultural tradition.
- -Create a common connection between multicultural communities, groups and individuals
-Build multicultural awareness, understanding, acceptance, and identity
-Educate the public about the history of interracial relationships in order to fight prejudice
-Establish a tradition of Loving Day celebrations as a means to achieve these goals
Loving Day began as a graduate thesis project at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. It was created by Ken Tanabe, a graphic designer, who accidentally discovered the Loving case while Googling something else. Being of interracial, intercultural, and international heritage himself, he was shocked that no one ever taught him about the case. He was also shocked to learn that no one else his age seemed to know about it either. That’s how it all started.
The Loving Day website went live in June of 2004. Since then, Loving Day has expanded into a global network of celebrations. Loving Day has been featured in major national and international press, including the Washington Post, NPR, ABC, and BBC World. Loving Day is also buzz-worthy, making its way into many prominent social calendars and event listings, including Time Out, Good Magazine, About.com, and Urb Magazine.