Loving v. Virginia: A Catalyst Mat Johnson (above), author of the acclaimed novel “Loving Day,” spoke at a free event the night preceding a Creighton University School of Law and Werner Institute symposium, then joined the participants throughout the day.
This year marks a milestone in the landmark civil rights Supreme Court decision in the case of Loving v. Virginia. The Werner Institute and the 2040 Initiative at the Creighton University School of Law partnered with Kutak Rock LLP to hold a symposium in March called “50 Years of Loving: Seeking Justice Through Love and Relationships.” The event explored how the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision of Loving v. Virginia has influenced society institutionally, demographically and relationally. This symposium moved from diversity awareness to actions that create inclusion. Recognizing and building on the effects that Loving v. Virginia has had on our society, participants developed skills to create an inclusive environment through their interactions with others. Mat Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel “Loving Day,” spoke at a free event the night preceding the symposium. His parents’ journey and those of his book characters closely mimic the real life people of Loving v. Virginia. He is the son of an African American mother and an Irish Catholic father. Johnson stayed for the symposium and participated in the activities. An especially interesting exercise had participants pair off and share something about their lives that the other might be able to relate to, bridging any race or cultural barriers.
The moderators – Werner Institute Director Jacqueline N. Font-Guzmán and Law Professor Palma J. Strand – kicked it off by sharing some funny stories with the audience.