Loving Day, the annual commemoration of the landmark decision handed down in Loving v. Virginia, which struck down all state laws banning interracial marriage in the U.S., is this Sunday, June 12. Based on the true story of that watershed moment, Focus Features is releasing Loving later this year. The first clip premiered at Cannes Film Festival in May.
But more than the clip, Focus Features wants to get the word out there about a with LovingDay.org to get the day recognized as an official federal holiday.
The text of the petition is below:
There are 22 million multiracial Americans (6.9% from Pew Research), comparable to the Asian American population (5.6%), and growing 3 times faster than the U.S. as a whole.
There are 32 million interracial or interethnic married couple households (10% from the U.S. Census). Those numbers have grown 28% over a decade.
Despite those numbers, we have struggled with racial discrimination from all sides. We have been underrepresented in public policy, health care issues, media, and more. We ask the federal government to lead the change by acknowledging us.
We honor Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 Supreme Court decision that ended laws against multiracial families. Please join our community, government leaders, and organizations by celebrating its June 12th anniversary as Loving Day.
At the moment, it’s only at just over 1,200 of its 100,000 signature goal, but all it takes is a few people sharing to get the ripple effect working. So pass it along!
Loving, starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton, is in theaters on November 4th.
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