Loving Day 2018: NYC Flagship Celebration
The Loving Day Flagship Celebration in New York City celebrated its fifteenth year with hundreds of guests on June 14th, 2018. In honor of the 51st anniversary of Loving v. Virginia (1967), we hosted a family-friendly all-ages event with barbecue in Upper West Side at HI New York City Hostel, home of the largest private outdoor green space in Manhattan. Guests from the Loving Day community shared the space and conversation with hostel guests from around the world. Thanks to our Premier sponsors Asahi Beer and HI New York City Hostel, all guests enjoyed the unique energy and diversity of Loving Day and a positive community atmosphere.

This year, over 35 Loving Day celebrations have been announced in 29 cities for 2018, including New York; New Orleans; Chicago, Cambridge, MA; Durham, NC; Providence, RI, Denver, CO; El Cerrito, CA; Idaho Falls, ID, and many more listed on LovingDay.org. This includes five countries: U.S., France, Netherlands, Austria, and Switzerland. There have been over 330 announced Loving Day Celebrations since the project started 15 years ago (2004).

According to a Pew Research Center study in 2017, one in six newlyweds in 2015 were married to someone of a different race. This is in contrast to 3 percent in 1967, the year that the Supreme Court ruled in Loving v. Virginia.

This growth was echoed through Loving Day last year. The hash tag #lovingday trended at #3 on twitter in the U.S. thanks to diverse couples, families and individuals who shared their photos and stories. Loving Day was also officially recognized by New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (who is in an interracial marriage); Grand Rapids, MI Mayor Rosalynn Bliss; the California State Assembly via House Resolution No. 39 (sponsored by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty); and the Cambridge, MA City Council. Previously, Loving Day has been recognized by the State of Virginia, the U.S. House of Representatives, the City of Los Angeles, the Anti-Defamation League, and many more.

A very sincere thank you to everyone who celebrated Loving Day with us. You helped us to continue our New York tradition for 15 years and to inspire celebrations in cities all over the world.

Photos from the Loving Day Flagship Celebration in New York City are on our event page.
These event photos are also on facebook and Flickr.

A special thanks to our very talented photographers and videographers!

Willie Davis is a photographer whose work has been published in the New York Times, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and many more. His work was featured in Spike Lee's film "When the Levees Broke." Willie has also taught workshops at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Kristin Barr is a digital imaging professional specializing in imaging management and photo retouching. She has done work for Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor for the Hudson's Bay Company, and many more.

Rosalie Garlow specializes in experiential and lifestyle marketing, commercial, entertainment, and broadcast. Her creative capabilities span from concept and strategy, to motion and visual effects, design, photo, video, writing, and fine art. She has also taught at Parsons School of Design.

This event would not be possible without support from our generous sponsors. Please show them some love!

Asahi - www.asahibeerusa.com
HI New York City Hostel - www.hiusa.org/hostels/new-york/new-york/new-york-city
Flavorpill - www.flavorpill.com
Dhundee - www.djdhundee.com
Brooklyn Historical Society - cbbg.brooklynhistory.org

Community Partners:
Hapa Mag - www.hapamag.com
Mixed Marrow - www.mixedmarrow.org
MAVIN - www.facebook.com/mixedheritage/
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