University of Mississippi


February 10, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library
401 Bramlett Boulevard
Oxford,MS 38655
Free and open to the public
Becca WaltonE-mail

Loving Story PosterFilm Screening of The Loving Story on Monday, February 10 at 6pm at the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library.

February 11 at noon: Brown Bag discussion of the film in the Faulkner Room of the University of Mississippi Library.

February 12 at 6pm: 2nd screening of the film hosted by the UM Library Ambassadors, Room 106D, J.D. Williams Library.


About the film
Mildred and Richard Loving knew it was technically illegal for them to live as a married couple in Virginia because she was of African American and Native American descent and he was white. But they never expected to be woken up in their bedroom and arrested one night in 1958. The documentary brings to life the Lovings’ marriage and the legal battle that followed through little-known filmed interviews and photographs shot for Life magazine.

This screening of The Loving Story is part of a National Endowment for the Humanities initiative to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation called Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.

As part of the Endowment’s Bridging Cultures initiative, Created Equal uses the power of documentary films to spark public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America. Four outstanding documentary films, spanning the period from the 1830s to the 1960s, are the centerpiece for this project. Each of these films was supported by the NEH, and each tells the remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.

Created Equal encourages communities to revisit the history of civil rights in America and to reflect on the ideals of freedom and equality that have helped bridge deep racial and cultural divides. Four hundred and seventy-three communities across the nation will participate in the Created Equal program.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Presenting partners for this series are the University of Mississippi Libraries, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, the Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library, and the William Winter Institute of Racial Reconciliation.

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