West Michigan Loving Day 2019

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Join us as we celebrate our multiracial families and community!

This is Ebony Road Players’ 5th year of celebrating Loving Day in Grand Rapids!

Loving Day is celebrated in cities throughout the country in observance of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court Case of 1967, where Mildred and Richard Loving - an interracial couple - fought to strike down the criminality of their marriage in the United States. After 50 years we continue to fight prejudice and build community through our multiracial relationships and families. 

We have many events coming up in June to celebrate this amazing part of our history!

 
Mildred and Richard Loving, LIFE Magazine 1966

Mildred and Richard Loving, LIFE Magazine 1966


"I support the freedom to marry for all."

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Performance of “Loving” by Peter Manos

Ebony Road Players will be presenting the West Michigan premiere performance of “Loving” by Peter Manos.

It is a family friendly play with music about the story of Mildred and Richard Loving.

You don't want miss this amazing piece history brought to life on stage.  

Where: Wealthy Theatre

When: June 21 - 22

Time: 8pm


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Food, Fun and Family Fusion

It a day of fun with music, games and food for the whole family. Come celebrate our inclusive Grand Rapids Community!

Where: Sigsbee Park

When: June 22

Time: 12-4 PM

Free family event!


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The Loving Generation: Short Films about being Biracial

We will be showing the Film series by Lacey Schwartz ( of Little White Lie) titled “Loving Generation”, which dives into the identity struggles of Americans with bi-racial families. Discussion with community members will follow. Join us!

Where: Wealthy Theatre

When: June 23

Time: 1PM - 3PM

Free family event!


About the Lovings

Mildred Jeter was born in 1939. She was of African and Rappahannock (Native American) descent.

Richard Loving was born in 1933. He was of Caucasian (white) descent.

Mildred and Richard were childhood sweethearts in Caroline County, Virginia. When they grew up, they decided to marry.


Past Events

Fall 2018 Ebony Road Players produced “The Most Spectacular Trial of Miz Martha Washington” as part of Site:Lab and Artprize

Summer 2018 Ebony Road Players produced the 4th annual Loving Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famous court case

Summer 2017 Ebony Road Players produced the 3rd annual Loving Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famous court case

 Spring 2017       Ebony Road Players partnered with Grand Rapids Site Lab to produce Dominique Morisseau's Detroit 67

Spring 2016         Ebony Road Players produced the 3rd annual Loving Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famous court case

Fall 2016            Ebony Road Players wins a collaborative Artprize award with an original play by playwright Randy Wyatt "One Simple Question"

Spring 2015         "The Meeting" was performed again in February 2015  through a partnership with Calvin College's Office of Multicultural Affairs

Spring 2015         Ebony Road Players invited Black Lives Matter of Grand Rapids founder, Anita Moore, to lead audience discussions after the February performances of "The Meeting"

Spring 2015         Ebony Road Players presented its first commissioned play, "Blackbird" by Walter Lockwood. This one-act play is part of West Michigan's first Loving Day celebration. "Blackbird" was performed at both Wealthy Street Theater and Hope Reformed Church

February 2015         Ebony Road Players has implemented a theater education class for fourth graders at Coit Elementary School in downtown Grand Rapids

June 2014         "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf", Tracey Scott Wilson's The Story, Jeff Stetson's The Meeting, and Emily Mann's Having Our Say

Since 2014            We have led monthly theater workshops for adults and families at Wealthy Street Theater

 

 

Help support great theatre and programming in Grand rapids.

 
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