March 23-24, 2017
Creighton University School of Law
50 Years of Loving – About the Symposium
The symposium will begin with a feature presentation open to the public on Thursday, March 23, by Mat Johnson, author of the novel “Loving Day” (2015). Symposium participants will then explore the effects that the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia has had on U.S. society – institutionally, demographically and relationally. Participants will also develop strategies for moving from thought to action by building relationships across difference.
Dinner on Thursday, March 23, as well as breakfast and lunch on Friday, March 24, 2017, are included with paid registration.
Loving v. Virginia – Background
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia ended legal prohibitions against interracial marriage in the U.S. By eliminating longstanding legal sanctions against “miscegenation,” Loving disrupted the pre-existing social system. The ruling rejected racial separation and hierarchy and endorsed relationships across previously uncrossable racial lines.
The effects of Loving marriages extend beyond those who are themselves married. Since Loving, the proportion of the U.S. population with multiple racial heritages has grown dramatically. Moreover, the children born as a result of Lovinghave disrupted the social construction of race itself, with more people self-identifying as of more than one race, biracial, multiracial, or mixed.