Right now, I am supposed to be in the throes of planning a Loving Day Celebration in my community. I promised I would do that this year. I had good intentions, great plans but no obvious inexpensive place in mind to have the event. The important term in that last sentence is inexpensive. My first thought was to open my home. Then I wondered how I would promote something without using my address. What if a million people showed up? A community center would be better. What if a nobody showed up? There were just too many unknowns and it didn’t happen this year.
The other issue was programming. I’ve been to a few of these events, and I know I need something to happen after I gather all of these colorful folks in one spot. Even at an informal setting there must be something to do. That would take money or sponsors. As I write this, though, another idea has popped into my mind. Maybe it could be just one program. Just one event that is a catalyst where people say we should do this again on a much larger scale. That could work.
There are definitely enough families in the area for such an event. I see them everywhere I go — at day camp, at church, at community events. Folks have got it all wrong when they say the South is lagging behind the rest of the country. The region may not be as diverse as other parts of the country, but it definitely reflects what is happening across the nation.
Mildred and Richard Loving had no idea we would celebrate the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a law designed to keep the races apart. What a beautiful and loving legacy. As for me, I’ve already set my sights on 2013. Somehow a home for this gig is going to present itself in the next 12 months.
How will you celebrate Loving Day?