The world’s largest multicultural celebration, Loving Day, is coordinated by The Loving Day Project to commemorate the June 12th, 1967 anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court decision that ruled in favor of married couple Richard and Mildred Loving, and reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry. Their landmark case has become an inspiration and foundation for marriage equality ever since.
LOVING, written and directed by Jeff Nichols, tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), the real-life couple who inspired Loving Day.
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Loving Day festivities will be in cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. The flagship celebration in New York City will be the largest event, with approximately 1,000 guests expected, and will be held on Saturday, June 11th from 3:00-7:00 PM (rain date, Sunday, June 12th) at Solar 1, on the East River waterfront. Thousands of supporters will participate in additional celebrations both large and intimate across the country and globally. In Los Angeles, the Mixed Remixed Festival – Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th – offers a film/book/media festival at the Japanese American National Museum. In Washington, DC, Loving Day will be commemorated at Busboys and Poets restaurant. Key celebrations are also planned for
Philadelphia, PA; Birmingham, AL; Grand Rapids, MI; Burlington, VT; Decatur, GA; Griffin, GA; and Federal Way, WA.
** FACTS & STATS ON LOVING DAY**
LOVING DAY STATS
- 266 – Loving Day Celebrations that we know of around the world
- 7 – Countries that Celebrate the Day (United States, Netherlands, Japan, UK, Taiwan, France, Spain)
- 30 – States (if you count DC) have been home to Loving Day Celebrations
- 1000 – Guests every year at the Loving Day Flagship Celebration in NYC
- 7 – Official city resolutions recognizing Loving Day (including NY, LA, DC, and the Lovings’ home town of Caroline County, VA)
- 120 – Press appearances for Loving Day including CNN, ABC, NBC, NPR, Time, Ebony, and BBC World
- 10% of all U.S. married couple households are interracial or interethnic
- 17 Million / 6.9% – Adult Americans who are actually multiracial (according to Pew Research 2015)
LOVING DAY FACTS
- It is is the world’s largest network of multiethnic community celebrations.
- It is completely run by volunteers and donations.
- Couples choose Loving Day as their wedding date.
- When Barack Obama’s parents got married, it was illegal in 22 states.
FAMOUS INTERRACIAL CELEBRITY COUPLES
- Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
- Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
- Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs
- Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
- Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg
- Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery
- Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower
- Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego
- Ice-T and Coco
- Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto
- George Lucas and Mellody Hobson
- Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves
- Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes
- Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso
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