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Research into African Australian relationships

Are you, or have you been, a member of an African and non African Australian couple?

If so, would you be interested in being interviewed about your experiences for a research project into coping strategies of African and non African Australian couples? 

This project is being conducted by researchers from the University of Western Sydney, with the aim of producing a “self help” manual for cross cultural couples. The recorded interviews will be approximately one hour in duration, and will be conducted in a mutually convenient location. Your privacy, anonymity and confidentiality are guaranteed.

If you are interested in participating, and/or would like more information, please contact anniestopford@optusnet.com.au, or call 0403 494 491.

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Pioneer of interracial marriage dies

 Mildred Loving, a pioneer in the history of interracial marriage, died at her home in Virginia on May 2nd, aged 68. She made history with the aptly named supreme court case Loving v Virginia, in which she and her white husband, Richard, challenged Virginia’s law banning interracial marriage. Their 1967 victory struck down laws banning such unions in the 16 states in which such bans remained. The ruling was unanimous, with the presiding judge, Chief Justice Earl Warren, stating that such laws violated the constitution. 

The Lovings’ court case inspired the formation of a group in America dedicated to supporting interracial relationships and families through diverse means, including holding an annual “Loving Day” on June 12th.

Loving Day’s mission is to fight prejudice through education and to build a sense of community among people who engage in meaningful interracial and intercultural relationships. Goals are:

  • Create a common connection between multicultural communities, groups and individuals
  • Build multicultural awareness, understanding, acceptance, and identity
  • Educate the public about the history of interracial relationships in order to fight prejudice
  • Establish a tradition of Loving Day celebrations as a means to achieve these goals 

In memory of Mildred Loving, and in support of Loving Day, AAN will hold our next picnic in late June – date to be advised, or sign up for email updates.