New play honors multicultural families

The Loving Family
The Loving Family involved in the 1967 Loving vs. Virginia Supreme Court case.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) A national celebration is making its way to West Michigan with the debut of a brand new production called “Blackbird.” The show, by Ebony Road Players, honors multiracial and multicultural families in the community.

Edye Evans Hyde is the founder of Ebony Road, which is producing “Blackbird.” The world premiere play is part of the West Michigan Loving Day Celebration commemorating the 1967 Loving vs. Virginia Supreme Court case striking down laws banning interracial marriage. The play was written by local playwright Walter Lockwood.

Blackbird Schedule

  • June 12, 7 p.m. – Wealthy Theatre
  • June 13, 1:30 p.m. – Wealthy Theatre (family activities start at noon)
  • June 14, 10 a.m. – Hope Reformed Church

Tickets are free and available at the door. Donations are gratefully accepted.

You can learn more about the Loving vs. Virginia Supreme Court case with a viewing of the HBO special “The Loving Story.” That will take place Saturday, June 13 at 7 p.m. at Madison Place in Grand Rapids.

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