LOVING DAY CELEBRATION 2018
TWO GREAT EVENTS
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2018
Party @ El Cerrito Off the Grid
6159 Fairmount Avenue
RACIAL EQUALITY, MARRIAGE EQUALITY, HUMAN EQUALITY!
On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, join your friends and neighbors at the 3rd annual El Cerrito Loving Day Celebration. Loving Day celebrates the anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision Loving v Virginia, the case that overturned the ban on interracial marriage. On Loving Day we celebrate multiculturalism, diversity, and families of all kinds!
At this FREE, family-friendly event, join neighbors and friends of all ages to enjoy live music, Off-the-Grid (food & beverages available for purchase), and celebrate together (dancing, too!). Community organizations will have representatives sharing details about programs and projects, including: El Cerrito Rotary, Soroptimist International of El Cerrito, El Cerrito Library Foundation, and others.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018
Movie @ Rialto Cinemas Cerrito
10070 San Pablo Avenue
10:00AM doors will open approximately 15 minutes before the film starts
Click here for (FREE) tickets
(Please reserve tickets in advance, space is limited)
Join us for a public screening of the award-winning Sundance film, “The Case Against 8” at Rialto Cinemas in El Cerrito. This film gives a behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. Shot over five years, the film follows the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, one of the ground-breaking couples featured in the movie, will lead a Q&A session and book signing immediately following the screening.
For more information, interest in hosting a display table at the Loving Day celebration, or to volunteer, please contact HRC Staff Liaison Kristen Cunningham at (510) 215-4304 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loving Day events and activities are hosted by the El Cerrito Human Relations Commission.
Background on Loving Day
Racial Equality, Marriage Equality, Human Equality
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Part of the mission of the Human Relations Commission (HRC) is to recognize the racial, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity of the El Cerrito community. At its May 6, 2015 meeting, the HRC unanimously moved to recommend that the City Council recognize “Loving Day” for the first time on June 12, 2015.
Loving Day is a movement that began in 2004 by then-graduate student Ken Tanabe in New York to recognize the day that the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Loving v Virginia (1967) that outlawed bans on interracial marriage in the United States. Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple, were married in 1958 in Washington, DC because it was illegal for them to marry in their home state of Virginia. When they tried to return home to live permanently, they were arrested, convicted, and threatened with jail time unless they left the state. The Lovings decided to fight this ruling, eventually winning in a unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court after nine years of appeals. This ruling is considered one of the most notable civil rights decisions in U.S. history.
Loving Day has grown into a celebration of multicultural community, and provides an annual opportunity for people to learn history's lessons while envisioning ways to improve the future. More information on Loving Day can be found at www.lovingday.org.
Loving Day in El Cerrito
The City Council unanimously passed a resolution at their June 2, 2015 declaring June 12, 2015 as "Loving Day" in the City of El Cerrito. Additionally, by request of the HRC, Mayor Mark Friedman sent letters to Federal and State elected officials, including President Barack Obama and Governor Jerry Brown, informing them of the City’s action to encourage more cities, the State of California, and the Federal Government to celebrate Loving Day as a day of recognition for civil rights, multicultural communities, and bringing people together of different races, cultures, nationalities, and religious beliefs.
On Sunday June 12, 2016 El Cerritans celebrated Loving Day, El Cerrito Style! The Human Relations Commission hosted a celebration for Racial Equality, Marriage Equality, Human Equality at City Hall Civic Plaza.
There were activities for the whole family...music, crafts, photo booth fun, reading corner, chalk art. The documentary "The Loving Story", with footage of the Lovings chronicling their Supreme Court fight, was screened free for the public. Thanks to Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen food truck for the tasty eats!
Participants were also able to pick up Not In Our Town. Stop Hate Together. signs for home or business.
This event was sponsored by the City of El Cerrito Human Relations Commission, as part of its efforts to recognize and promote racial, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity in the City of El Cerrito.