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Celebrating 50 years of Loving: Landmark Supreme Court ruling is focus of symposium

The 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s watershed ruling in the case of Loving v. Virginia will be celebrated at Creighton University March 23-24 with a symposium and reflections on the long course of civil rights in the nation.

Striking down state statutes prohibiting interracial marriage, the Loving decision remains a pillar of the Civil Rights Movement, ushering in new views and actions about race, relationships, justice and political, social and religious institutions. In this partnership between the 2040 Initiative and the Werner Institute at Creighton School of Law, Creighton opens the symposium March 23 with Mat Johnson, author of the 2015 semi-autobiographical novel Loving Day, speaking about the legacy of the Supreme Court decision and its impact on his life and American life generally.

Johnson will speak at 5:30 p.m. in the Ahmanson Ballroom in the Mike and Josie Harper Center, 602 N. 20th St., on the Creighton campus.

The talk is free and open to the public. The rest of the symposium is by registration only and is titled “50 Years of Loving: Seeking Justice Through Love and Relationships.” The symposium opens by taking stock of where we are on race and diversity and the role of relationships in bringing us to this point. Recognizing and building on the effects Loving v. Virginia has had on American society, participants will develop skills to create an inclusive environment through their interactions with others.

“50 Years of Loving” is eligible for 8.5 CLE credits in Nebraska and Iowa and 5.25 SPHR credits. Early registration ends Feb. 24. To register, visit law.creighton.edu/Werner2040-Loving. The symposium is also supported by the law firm of Kutak Rock LLP.

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