In this day and age, we sometimes take for granted the very rights that our predecessors have fought for, rights that allow us to live our lives as we do now. It has been a little more than 40 years since the United States Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage in the Loving vs. Virginia case in 1967. Until then, in some states, marriage (or sex) between any white and non-white person was considered a crime.
Can you imagine, marriage or sex as a crime?
So what does love mean to you? ken + dana design, featuring the jewelry design work of Ken Leung, Dana Chin and Radika Chin, want to know.
Happy Loving Day!
What is Loving Day? Well, read on.
We previously told you about the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival, an art festival dedicated to celebrating the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and hapa experience, going on all weekend. At the festival, Maya Soetoro-Ng, whose father is Indonesian and brother is the POTUS, and Kip Fulbeck will be discussing identity, culture and growing up multiracial in America in the Japanese American National Museum‘s on-going series “Conversations,” tonight, Saturday, June 12, beginning at 7:30 pm in the Tateuchi Democracy Forum.
Also at the presentation, the Loving Prize will be awarded by the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival. The Loving Prize is named in honor of the aptly named June 12, 1967 Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia, in which the remaining anti-miscegenation laws in 16 states, which banned marriages between the races, were finally struck down. Groups and organizations around the nation now commemorate that landmark case by celebrating June 12 as Loving Day.
The Loving Prize is awarded annually to outstanding artists, storytellers and community leaders for inspiration dedication to celebrating and illuminating the mixed racial and cultural experience.
So head on over to the festival today or tomorrow.
And if Loving Day has special meaning to you or your loved ones, check out Asian American designers Ken & Dana‘s specially made rings in honor of Loving Day.