loving day

Last Saturday afternoon, beautiful couples and their diverse children gathered together to dance, create art, eat free bbq and celebrate love in interracial relationships.  Loving Day is a yearly celebration and ongoing effort to raise awareness of the 1969 Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in the U.S.

Dj Dhundee spun a lively set of dance music from Michael Jackson to house music and old school hip hop. Children created art about love and diversity. Donations and proceeds went to benefit Bringing Art and Education Together, and World Up which unites education, hip hop and technology.

The historic civil rights issue came to a head when armed police stormed into the home of Mildred and Richard Loving, who were legally married in another State, and arrested them.  They won their freedom to be married, and set a trend.  Now many people see a parallel between this struggle to be with the one you love, and the current struggle for gay marriage rights.

 As Father’s Day is looming closer, many of us interracial children can be thankful that our parents can still be together. Hopefully by continuing to celebrate love in all its myriad shapes, the political climate will change so that Love is a civil right for everyone!