50th Anniversary Commemoration of Loving v. Virginia at the NASPA Annual Conference- Submit Your Photos for the Loving Day Display!
The MultiRacial Knowledge Community (MRKC) has been in existence since 2010, stimulating education, developing knowledge and promoting resources and networking related to multiracial and transracial adoptees. The MRKC community consists of NASPA members who identify as mixed race, are part of mixed race families, those who were adopted creating an interracial family, and those who have an interest in any of these areas.
At the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference, the MultiRacial Knowledge Community will acknowledge and celebrate 50 years since the landmark case, Loving v. Virginia. This Supreme Court case made it illegal to ban interracial marriage. According to the Lovingday.org website, Richard and Mildred Loving grew up in Virginia and decided to get married in the 1960’s. Mildred was Black and Richard was White. At that time, people of different races could not marry each other, except in Washington, DC. The couple decided to go to DC to get married and return to Virginia. The law in Virginia actually forbade them not only to get married in their home state, but also in any other state and live in Virginia. As they returned home, they were taken to jail for being married. The couple ended up leaving Virginia on a judge’s order, that if they left the state for twenty five years, they would not have to do time in jail, so they moved to DC. Eventually, the case made it to the Supreme Court, where it was decided unanimously in their favor in 1967.
Loving Day was founded by Ken Tanabe, first as a website used as an educational tool and then as a celebration. Loving Day is the unofficial holiday that cities across the country are slowly adapting to celebrate the lives of the fast-growing multiracial population. The mission statement is to fight racial prejudice through education and to build the multicultural community. There are Loving Day celebrations from cookouts to conferences to marches across the nation on or around June 12th. The Flagship Celebration of Loving Day takes place in New York City each year, hosting 1,000 guests. It is cosponsored by The Association of MultiEthnic Americans (AMEA), Swirl, Mixed Chicks and the MAVIN Foundation.
The MRKC will commemorate “Loving” with a display at the NASPA Annual Conference that showcases interracial couples and families as well as those of transracial adoptees. If you are interested in submitting content that creates a visual experience displaying our community, including family photos and artwork, please indicate interest here.
We will also host Ken Tanabe, founder of Loving Day, for an educational session which will take place on Tuesday, March 14 from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Convention Center, Hemisfair Ballroom 3. Ken is a Japanese-Belgian freelance graphic designer living in New York. He originally founded Loving Day as a part of his graduate thesis project at Parsons the New School for Design, where he is now an adjunct faculty member. He has been working to educate Americans about what he sees as one of the most significant civil rights cases through Loving Day.