When and Where is the Celebration?
Ebony Road Players is a Grand Rapids, MI theater company whose mission is to inspire, educate and engage cultures of our community with high-quality theater productions focused on the Black experience. Our Loving Day Celebration will honor multicultural and multiracial families, celebrate diversity, inclusion, and build a sense of belonging for all. We’re offering something for everyone with street fair, workshops, music, dance, art, films, an original play, local comedian and music concert.
Vendors, funding and volunteering opportunities are all available!
West Michigan's 2016 Loving Day Celebration will take place on SUNDAY JUNE 12 from noon until 8pm at Wealthy Theatre, and around the corner on Barth Street and the city parking lot from noon to 4. Bring your chairs, umbrellas, a camera, friends and family!
This is a FREE celebration - your donation is appreciated! Visit our GoFundMe page to make your contribution! (click here)
You can also contribute your time! To fill out an application to volunteer, click here.
Volunteers will receive an Ebony Road Theatre t-shirt. Volunteers working a 4 hour shift will be fed from our food vendor, Sandmann's BBQ.
Wealthy Theatre Koning Microcinema (noon-6pm):
Films by Mosaic Film Experience: A collection of international films by high school students exploring the themes of diversity, identity and relationship.
The Loving Story, and talkback, sponsored by women reVamped: A moving and uplifting drama about the effects of interracial marriage in the 1960s. Friends since childhood, and loved by both families, this couple are exiled after their wedding and have to wage a courageous battle to find their place in America as a loving family.
City parking lot and Barth Street at Wealthy (noon-4pm):
DJ Omega Supreme
Furniture City Creamery
The Spoke Folks
Institute for Global Education
juggling with Gerry Bose
African drumming with Kevin Jones and Scott Veenstra
Beaver Xing wsg. The Grandkids: A handful of pop songs with the grandkids, then covers of many eras/genres. We swap instruments a lot....mandolin, banjolele, Beaverbox (cigar box uke that looks like a beaver) djembe, toy piano, recorder, harmonica, hand percussion. Lots of hand percussion for audience to play along. Make/shake/take egg shaker booth!
AND MORE TBA!
Wealthy Theatre Wege Auditorium (6pm-8pm):
A SIMPLE QUESTION, an original play by Randy Wyatt: A SIMPLE QUESTION celebrates the landmark court case overturning miscegenation laws, and how things have (or haven’t) changed since then. This thirty minute five-woman-ensemble piece is a kaleidoscope of stories about interracial love and marriage in America, beginning with Richard and Mildred Loving and flashing forward to real experiences in the present day. Listen to the experiences of West Michigan women, of their relationships and their racial identities as they let down their guards by answering one simple question: "If your experience was a vehicle, which would it be?". The answers--rugged motorcycles, waveboards, hot air balloons, UFOs and more--tell us volumes about interracial experience in our country today.
Comedy with Nardos Oosterhart (2013's Funniest Person in Grand Rapids)
Concert featuring Edye Evans Hyde (Executive Director of Ebony Road Players), Mike Hyde, Serita Crowley, Jon Hayes, Kathy Lamar, Karisa Wilson, Theo Ndawillie II, Laura Armenta & MORE!
MICHELLE SMITH where indicated "True Light", all others by ELGIN VINES
After The Event
PHOTO CREDITS: ELGIN VINES, except where indicated "True Light" by MICHELLE SMITH