Loving Day is a commemoration of the landmark Loving v. Virginia case. Interracial couple, Mildred Jeter, who was black, and Richard Loving, who was white, fought to have their marriage recognised in Virginia in 1958.
At a time of racial segregation this was not an easy feat, and the couple were arrested for getting married in Washington DC (where interracial marriage was legal) but it was not legal in Virginia. They were faced with the ultimatum of jail time or to be banished to Washington DC.
After nine years of struggle, the Lovings won the freedom to love in every state of the US, and the freedom of all interracial couples to marry on June 12th 1967.
On June 12th 2017 it is the 50th anniversary of the Loving case, which is definitely a cause for celebration!
1. NYC Loving Day Flagship Celebration
The official creators of Loving Day are holding a celebration in NYC on the 3rd June 2017. In honour of the 50th anniversary, we are told to ‘expect something special’. How mysterious! Details are to follow on their Facebook page.
2. Mixed Remixed Festival
The Mixed Remixed Festival is the only festival that caters especially for multiracial people. Established in 2013, it is renowned for holding the largest gathering for multiracial and mixed-race families and individuals. Famous festival-goers have been comedian double act Key & Peele and Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg. The LA-based festival boasts comedy, readings, film screenings, live performances and spoken word.
3. PFLAG Abilene/Big Country 3rd Annual National Loving Day Sidewalk March
On the 10th June 2017 the PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will be holding a march to commemorate Loving Day in Abilene, Texas. Find out more here.
4. Loving Day 2017: San Jose
San Jose’s Loving Day event will include musical and cultural performances, guest speakers by community leaders, and a display of educational and community resources. Organisers of the event say, ‘We hope you, along with other San Jose community members, come out to enjoy learning about Mildred & Richard Loving, their story, and the historical significance of the 1967 Supreme Court decision.’ The event will be held on the June 10th 2017, click here to find out more.
5. 5th Annual Loving Day Celebration
Denver social movement, ‘Denver in Color‘ will be holding its 5th Loving Day celebration on the 11th June 2017. This will also be a book release party of Denver in Colour’s photo book of interracial couples, which is a ‘movement to give interracial couples a voice of their own’ to show that ‘true love has no COLOR’.
6. New Orleans Loving Day Festival
The New Orleans Loving Day Festival aims to bring the multiracial community together to fight racial prejudice through education. As well as a celebration of the Loving v Virginia case, it was also inspired by an interracial couple who were refused a marriage license in Louisiana in 2009. The event includes an ice cream social and a mixed comedy night.
7. The March Quilts LOVING v Virginia
The March Quilts, a community art project that creates awareness of human and civil rights through quilting, are holding an event on the 12th June 2017. Holding open sewing sessions in Birmingham, Alabama they are creating a quilt to commemorate the 50th anniversary. Get your sew on!
8. Loving Day Alabama
Alabama is holding a Loving Day party, with a surprise guest, on the 17th June 2017. To get event updates ahead of everyone else you can sign up to their mailing list here.
Want to hold your own celebration? Visit the official Loving Day website to find out how!