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Black Marriage Day

Sunday, November 15, 2020 | 3:00 PM

Black Marriage Day is an annual celebration of marriage and family, and its importance in the African-American community.

Launched by Nisa Muhammad, founder of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Wedded Bliss Foundation in 2002, Black Marriage Day aims to foster healthier relationships among teens, singles and couples so more Black children grow up with the benefits of a two-parent family. A year after devising her initiative, 30 communities nationwide were on board with this mission. Black Marriage Day is now celebrated at city halls, community centers, houses of worship and other metropolitan locations around the country every year.

Enter the Marriage Resource Center here in Greater Detroit, which began hosting a Black Marriage Day dinner at the Wright Museum in 2008. By 2011, the group aligned with the museum, and with educator, psychologist and ordained minister Kenya Ayers, PhD, to host an annual Black Marriage Day event that gives folks a chance to feast, win great prizes, gain valuable insight and more.               

Image by Kennette Lamar, Annistique Photography

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Program details

Streamed live from the General Motors Theater, our virtual celebration includes:

  • Welcome by Randi Myles, Midday Host and Program Director of Detroit Praise Network 
  • "Love and War" a dramatic presentation by Connell "CJ" and Lydia Brown
  • "Together As One" a dance performance by LaShell's School of Dance under the choreography of Alanna Phillips
  • “Marriage Matters” a salon discussion featuring moderated by CEO and founder of Banks Construction LLC, Sean Banks; and Toy Banks, founder of Better Wife Better Life

This event is sponsored by Black Family Development, Black United Fund of Michigan, and Praise Detroit.

View previous Black Marriage day celebrations