A Loving Valentine at PCCC

Updated: Apr 8, 2019

Photos by: Monika Stroz

On February 14th, 2019, students and faculty from all over PCCC gathered in the Paterson room together and viewed award winning movie, Loving; hosted by the EOF Program to celebrate not only Valentine’s Day, but Black History Month as well.

The movie was based on a true story of a interracial couple in the 1950’s who had to fight the legal system in order to be together legally in the state of Virginia. The movie focuses on the Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia, which declared anti-miscegenation laws to be unconstitutional.

Patrice Carter, EOF Admissions Counselor explained the purpose of the event to me and the outcomes she hoped students would have.

Ms. Carter explained, “the purpose is for students to come, watch the movie get a little education about the supreme court case and how it was dealt with back then, you know in that time where interracial couples could not get married and how they fought for their right of marriage. The whole love story fit in with the Valentine’s Day theme and so we decided to put the two together.”

The event had a good crowd of different people from PCCC and offered numerous amounts of snacks such as: popcorn, pizza, red velvet cake, etc… The red velvet cake did not only symbolize Valentines Day, but Juneteenth; a day for African Americans and all Americans to celebrate history, freedom, culture, and achievements. I guess you could say the cake served more than one purpose today.

Vice President of the Alignment of E.O.F. Students of New Jersey, Marvin J. Espana added, “We wanted to include the loving of Valentine’s Day with history… I just hope people.”

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