Happy Loving Day!
- Forty one years ago today, Richard and Mildred Loving walked out of
the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. After nine years of struggle,
they won the right to be together as an interracial couple. They also
won that right for interracial couples nationwide, ending about 400
years of racist laws that existed in 35 states. So today, we celebrate
our legal right to marriage and relationships without regard to race.
This year is particularly significant because Mrs. Loving tragically
passed away. While we are saddened by this, we can also be inspired by
her historic achievement. Mrs. Loving was a regular person from a
small town who made a big difference. We can all make a difference as
well. Let's teach our children, friends, and relatives about the
Loving decision. Let's fight the prejudice that still exists for
people in interracial, international, and intercultural relationships.
Let's join together as a community of many races, cultures, and
nationalities to celebrate Loving Day.
There are Loving Day Celebrations happening nationwide! Take a look at
our list of celebrations to see if there's one near you:
It's fun and easy to host your own Loving Day Celebration with our
free Celebration Kit in PDF format. Download it here:
If you host a Celebration, be sure to share it with us! Take photos or
videos and post them online through Flickr or YouTube:
All the best to you and yours, and Happy Loving Day!
- On June 12th, 1967, Richard and Mildred Loving won their
nine year legal battle and the Supreme Court granted
them the right to be married in the state of Virginia.
This victory also legalized interracial relationships
nationwide, overturning hundreds of years of racist laws.
However, racism is not dead.
There is still racial prejudice in our daily lives.
Loving Day is a great way to fight this prejudice
through education, and to build multicultural community.
Join others all over the world in celebrating Loving Day.
Here are some things you can do:
Host a celebration of any size for friends or family:
Find a celebration to attend:
Spread the word about Loving Day:
On behalf of all of the volunteers at the Loving
Day Project, we wish you a happy Loving Day!