Sunday, March 23, 2014
Join Marriage, Inc. in promoting positive growth in marital relationships as intended by God by strengthening the
institution of healthy marriage in the Black community.
Celebrating Black Marriage
Marriage, Inc. presents Black Marriage Day, Sunday, March 23, with a pre-Black Marriage Day comedy event on Saturday, March 22, and community worship service on Sunday, March 23. “Building a Strong Foundation – Back to the Basics” is the theme. The goal is to let our community know that marriage promotes positive and permanent change in the lives of individuals and families. This celebration is designed to empower the divine institution of marriage.
Marriage has always mattered to the Black community. But much of what we hear about marriage in the Black community is a blues song about cohabitation, out of wedlock births, escalating divorces and how “somebody done somebody wrong.”
Marriage, Inc. is working to replace that blues song with a love song of joy and celebration. We want to let the world know that we're creating a cultural shift in the Black community. We’re encouraging individuals and couples to reconsider the benefits of marriage. Further, we acknowledge that we have stumbled in many ways pertaining to collaborative strengthening efforts and supporting divinely-ordered family structure. With this in mind, the community – especially the Black community, is challenged to revisit lessons of our forefathers regarding our roles in marriage and the family. We encourage community efforts to support Building a Strong Foundation (by going) Back to the Basics!
Black Marriage Day 2014 will remind community of two very important elements that have remained constant in building strong marriage and family foundations: the element of laughter and the element of Spirituality. Festivities will include a pre-BMD comedy event, and community worship service.
Why Black Marriage initiatives?
In the U.S., there is strong evidence about the decline of marriage. This decline exists in most, if not all, cultures in our country. Marital preparation plus work on strengthening, repairing or reconciling marriage relationships have different effects on different cultural groups.
What is effective in one culture may be entirely ineffective in another. To strengthen Black marriages, culturally specific programs are important.
Marriage, Inc.’s goal is to promote and strengthen the institution of healthy marriage in the Black community. Our stated objectives are as follows:
• Improve the well-being of Black children by increasing the number of children living in healthy, two-parent married households.
• Increase the number of healthy marriages in the Black community.
• Improve the overall well-being of the Black community.
• Develop and improve the capacity within the Black community to provide healthy marriage programs and services.