PNW and Michigan City Public Library present free screening of the movie, ‘Loving’
The movie, “Loving,” will be shown at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 23 at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. Fourth St., Michigan City, through a collaboration between the Purdue University Northwest Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series and the Michigan City Public Library. The showing is free and open to the public.
“Loving” relates the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who fell in love and married in 1958. Living in the state of Virginia, they hoped to raise a family in a quiet small town. That dream changed when officers broke into their home to arrest them. Mixed race couples were banned in Virginia and 15 other southern states. They avoided jail time by promising to leave Virginia and not return for 25 years.
They left their families, their new home and the future they had planned. When Mildred grew frustrated that they could not visit their families, she wrote to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, setting the wheels in motion for a landmark 1965 civil rights decision by the U.S. Supreme Court which invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The film is rated PG-13.
Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series
The Odyssey Arts and Cultural Events Series features events throughout the year. For more information about this film showing, or the Odyssey series, contact Judy Jacobi, assistant vice chancellor of University Art Collections & Special Programs, at 219-785-5593.
Purdue University Northwest
Purdue University Northwest (PNW), a comprehensive regional university within the Purdue University system, has two Northwest Indiana campuses in Hammond and Westville. The university was formed by the unification of the former Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central. With more than 15,000 students enrolled last fall and nearly 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Purdue Northwest is Indiana’s fifth largest public university.