A Loving Day Wish
Across the country this weekend, on June 12th, thousands of people will gather for Loving Day celebrations to commemorate the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision of ‘Loving vs. Virginia’ which made interracial marriage legal in the United States.
Loving Day was founded by graphic designer Ken Tanabe who discovered the Loving case by accident during an online search for information about something else. Tanabe, who is Japanese and Belgian, was shocked that he’d never learned anything about the Loving decision in school and felt that it was “a missing part of our Civil Rights education.” Tanabe says that the ultimate goal is to have Loving Day made a National Holiday like Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
While I do agree with Tanabe that the Loving decision must be marked by celebration, I also think that the celebration should include a healthy dose of reflection about what the Loving case really tells us about our country’s racial past and future. Call it my Loving Day wish.
In the special podcast, Loving Day Wish, which accompanies this post, I talk about my hope that the legacy of Mildred and Richard Loving will be celebrated in the fullness of its historical context for generations to come.
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