New Orleans Loving Festival

The New Orleans Loving Festival is a multiracial community celebration and film festival that challenges racism through outreach and education. The Loving Festival is an important community platform for showcasing films and other creative works that explore racial stereotypes and inspire people to work together for racial justice.

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Category: Education
Parish: Orleans
The New Orleans Loving Festival is an initiative of Charitable Film Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The festival was inspired by the actions of a Hammond, LA Justice of the Peace who refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple in 2009. The Loving Festival is modeled after Loving Day celebrations across the country, that organize people to fight racial prejudice and build multicultural community. The festival also honors the legacy of Richard and Mildred Loving, the interracial couple whose 1967 landmark civil rights lawsuit "Loving v Virginia" ended all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States.

The Loving Festival coordinates film screenings and discussions, art exhibitions, concerts, comedy shows, literary programs, workshops and other community building activities - including an annual Loving Day Ice Cream Social.
The Loving Festival is featured on Travel Magazine's 2017 list of "best festivals in New Orleans and Louisiana."

The founder of the New Orleans Loving Festival and Charitable Film Network, was one of 10 recipients of the 2014 Characters Unite Award presented by the USA Network. The award recognizes extraordinary efforts to combat hate and discrimination, and to promote greater tolerance, respect and acceptance.