Frequently Asked Questions | Loving Day

Frequently Asked Questions

Fri, 05/01/2009 - 9:08am -- lovingday

What Loving Day is About

Loving Day Celebrations

Participate in Loving Day

Support Loving Day

Learn More

Reactions to Loving Day

Using Loving Day Materials

Connecting With Others

Contact Loving Day


What is Loving Day's mission?
Loving Day fights racial prejudice through education and builds multicultural community. Learn more in our about section.

Is Loving Day only about race?
Loving Day focuses on race when we're talking about history. The Loving decision and related laws discriminated through racial categorization. Today, we realize that traditional racial categories are socially constructed, not scientific. Moving forward, Loving Day focuses on building multicultural community. That includes bringing people together of different "races," cultures, nationalities, and religious beliefs.

Is Loving Day an official holiday?
Well, it hasn't been recognized by the federal government (yet), and Hallmark does not make Loving Day cards (yet). However, thousands of people celebrate Loving Day all over the world, which makes it very official to us!

Is Loving Day only active on or around June 12th?
Loving Day is active all year. It’s a global network of annual celebrations that you can host or attend, and it’s also an educational campaign that you can be a part of every day.

What does the Loving Day symbol mean?
There are two parts to the symbol in the Loving Day logo. The outer part is a shield, which represents protection and the law. The inner part is a heart, which represents love and the Loving decision.

How did Loving Day start?
Loving Day began as a graduate thesis project at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. It was created by Ken Tanabe, a graphic designer, who accidentally discovered the Loving case while Googling something else. Learn more on our What Is Loving Day? page.

How can I host a Loving Day Celebration?
It's fun and easy to host a Loving Day Celebration, and we're here to help! Visit our host a celebration page for our free Celebration Kit and celebration ideas. You can list your celebration on this website and share it with the world.

Are there any Loving Day Celebrations near where I live?
Hopefully! Visit our find a celebration page for a full listing of events. If there aren't any events near you, you should host a celebration for friends and family.

Is Loving Day celebrated outside of the USA?
Yes it is! Even though Loving Day was started in the USA, the Loving Day message is universal. We've heard from people from all over the world, including China, Australia, South Africa, France, Spain, and Brazil.

Do I have to be in an interracial relationship or be multiracial to participate in Loving Day?
Absolutely not! Loving Day is especially popular among interracial, multicultural, international, and interfaith couples - as well as multiracial and multicultural people. However, we welcome everyone to participate. You didn't have to be of a particular race to march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and you (or your significant other) don't have to be of a particular race to celebrate Loving Day.

How can I volunteer for Loving Day?
There are many ways you can volunteer for Loving Day, from once a day to once a year to once in your lifetime. Please visit our volunteer page for more details, and then contact us to get started.

How can I spread the word about Loving Day?
There are many great ways to spread the word: blog about Loving Day, put in your chat status, email everyone you know, or write a Loving Day opera! Get more ideas from our spread the word page.

How can I sponsor Loving Day?
Please visit the sponsorship page or contact us. If you are interested in making a donation, please visit our online donation form.

How can I donate to Loving Day?
Please visit our online donation form to make a donation in any amount. If you are interested in sponsoring the Loving Day project, please visit the sponsorship page or contact us.

Where does the donated money go?
Your donation will be used for website costs like web hosting, fees for processing donations, legal costs to protect the project, promotional materials costs (like printing), and much more. Please visit our online donation form to make a donation.

Is Loving Day a non-profit?
Loving Day is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of Loving Day may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Can I buy Loving Day shirts and other merchandise?
Absolutely! And all proceeds support the Loving Day project. Please visit our online store.

How can I learn more about the Loving decision?
Visit our courtroom history page for more info on the Loving decision and other important cases that paved the way.

How can I learn more about the history of interracial marriage?
Visit our Learn section for info for courtroom history, civil rights legislation, the proposed constitutional amendment, the last laws to go, and more. We especially like the legal map.

Has Loving Day been in the press?
Yes, many times. Loving Day has been featured in major national and international press, including the Washington Post, NPR, ABC, and BBC World. Please visit our press section for more info.

What do people say about Loving Day?
Happily, people contact us all the time to say nice things. A few of our favorites:
"It is organizations like yours that gives us hope for our future." (Cynthia Filmore)
"I hope June 12th becomes a national holiday SOON!" (Amy)
"I've Waited 37 years for this." (Deborah Cole)
"We all will make Loving Day a part of our yearly celebrations." (Barbara and family)
"I'm always trying to spread the word about Loving Day." (Catherine Smith)

Does Loving Day receive hate mail?
Sadly, we do receive hate mail. We'd give you some examples, but they're almost always filled with words that wouldn't be appropriate for an educational project. They do remind us that racism is still out there, and we all have some work to do.

Can I use information from the Loving Day in my school project?
Yes, you can! Be sure to cite Loving Day as you would cite any other source. Ask your teacher or professor if you should use MLA style, APA style, or some other format.

Can I use photos, videos, and other materials from the Loving Day website in my professional work or personal project?
If you will be promoting the Loving Day project or specifically mentioning Loving Day or, the answer is probably "yes" - but you have to ask us first! Please contact us with what you want to use and we'll get right back to you.

Can I make my own Loving Day stuff?
Yes, you can - as long as you don't use the Loving Day logo (the one used on this website). Many community groups, student groups, and individuals have made cool shirts and other stuff that relates to Loving Day. They created unique designs without using the Loving Day logo.

How can I connect with other Loving Day supporters?
The best way is to host a celebration and list your celebration on this website. You can also find a celebration to attend. We also have profiles on all of the major social networking sites.

How can I share my experiences?
Visit our share section to share your couples' stories, personal stories, Loving Day wedding, and more. Please note that you must login or register first.

Is Loving Day on Facebook and other social networking sites?
Yes. You can check out our social networking page for our profiles on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.

How can I connect with the multiethnic community?
You can check out our social networking page for our profiles on Facebook, MySpace, etc. You can also check out our resources page for links to other multiethnic community groups.

Can you help me contact the family of Mr. and Mrs. Loving?
Just like Mr. and Mrs. Loving themselves, the Loving family prefers a peaceful life away from public attention. We respect their privacy, and we ask you to do the same. If you want to know more about Mr. and Mrs. Loving, please read the Loving story and learn about the Loving decision.

Can you help me get a date or find a life partner?
Loving Day is an educational community project. We're not a dating service, so we won't be able to play cupid for you. However, you never know who you'll meet at a Loving Day Celebration. We know some great couples who met that way.

Can I interview someone from Loving Day?
Loving Day volunteers often interview for the press and for student projects. Please use our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!

How do I contact Loving Day?
Please use our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!