Black Marriage Day
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, Ph.D., to host an annual Black Marriage Day event that gives folks a chance to feast, win great prizes, gain valuable insight, and more.
Detroit-area couples who buy tickets will receive a coupon to Nothing Bundt Cakes!
Image by Kennette Lamar, Annistique Photography
Streamed live from the General Motors Theater, our virtual celebration includes:
- "Love and War," a dramatic presentation by Connell "CJ" and Lydia Brown
- Welcome by Randi Myles, Midday Host and Program Director of Detroit Praise Network
- A dance performance by Together As One (Under the choreography of Alanna Phillips, LaShell’s School of Dance)
- “Marriage Matters,” a salon discussion featuring WXYZ/Channel 7 editorial/public affairs director Chuck Stokes and Trudy Gallant-Stokes, owner, Gallant-Stokes Productions. Moderated by Shawn Banks, CEO, and founder, Banks Construction LLC, and Mrs. Toy Banks, “The World’s Most Satisfied Wife,” founder, Better Wife Better Life)
This event is sponsored by Black Family Development, Black United Fund of Michigan, Detroit Praise Network, and Nothing Bundt Cakes.