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!
"I support the freedom to marry for all."
- mildred loving
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.
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