7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
"One Simple Question" by Randy Wyatt
Performed by Ebony Road Players
Thursday, February 23, 2016, 7-8:30 PM, Aquinas College Wege Center Ballroom
Co-sponsored by the Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center at Aquinas and the Center for Diversity & Inclusion at Aquinas
The half-hour performance will be followed by a discussion with Randy Wyatt, author; Edye Evans Hyde, founder of the Ebony Road Players, and Latoya Booker, director of the Aquinas Center for Diversity and Inclusion
One Simple Question celebrates the landmark court case overturning miscegenation laws, and how things have (or haven’t) changed in fifty years. 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?” Their answers--rugged motorcycles, waveboards, hot air balloons, UFOs and more—tell us volumes about the interracial experience in our country today.
MISSION STATEMENT OF THE EBONY ROAD PLAYERS: To inspire, educate, and engage the cultures of our community with high quality professional performances with a focus on the black experience. The vision is to create a platform where the dialog of race and culture are boldly explored and all voices are heard.