Is it to early to celebrate...
In my travels through the wonderful World Wide Web, I've come upon a great MySpace page and made some new friends. You always hear about the dangers of some of the internet social clubs but rarely about the feel good messages and lessons that are shared and learned. Check it out for yourself and tell me what you think...www.myspace.com/lovingday. We don't have to wait until June, every day should be a loving day!
Well it's already February...Is it just me or is the clock speeding up? I understand that we have certain holidays and traditions on certain days and it's easier to remember them if we have them at the same time every year. It's also easier for the people that make calendars to save a little money. I guess I've never been one to jump on the "it's Easter so let's go to church" band wagon or thought that we should wait until Thanksgiving to start feeding the homeless. Nor is Christmas the only time that we should buy toys for children whose families are impoverished.
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This being said, why wait until June to remind you about Loving Day and introduce you to a group of people that believe in celebrating the meaning everyday. As a refresher course for anyone that does not already know, the name comes from the landmark Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia (1967). This case legalized interracial marriage in the United States. Every year the anniversary of this victory is celebrated around June 12th. You can certainly read more about the case by checking out some of the following website's I'm going to share with you.
The first one that I found was at www.myspace.com/lovingday. This took me to a website www.lovingday.org. Further searching I came upon the name Ken Tanabe. Ken is the creator of the site www.lovingday.org. Ken also came up with the idea to celebrate the day as a holiday. Much like African Americans celebrates Juneteenth. The idea really came to Ken while he was a graduate student working on his thesis at the New School's Parson School of Design. Although he is a child of an interracial couple, he knew nothing of the Loving v. Virginia case that allowed his parents to wed in the first place.
It started with a website and a get together for about 150 people. It grew into a gathering of over 1000 last year in Ken's home state of New York. Now if you go to the website you'll be able to download a "kit" that helps you plan and execute your own Loving Day Celebration.
That brings me to my real point here in the celebration of a great day in interracial history. Don't wait until June to celebrate the opportunity that many of us enjoy freely today. Pull out your rolodex, email list, phonebooks and start planning your party right now. Hey, send me an invitation; you'll never know where Leticia may show up for some good food, good drinks and great people.
Don't forget to love someone and tell them EVERY DAY...especially yourself!!
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