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This weekend event celebrating Black Marriage Day begins with a reception, welcome by Dr. Kenya Ayers, keynote address by Jamil Muhammad, and launch of the Black Marriage Day photography / essay contest.


Click here to download the Black Marriage Day registration form (PDF Download). Fill the entry form out early and bring it with you on Friday, March 25 to Black Marriage Day at the Charles H. Wright Museum. Forms will also be available at the museum up to and on that Friday.

Tickets to Black Marriage Day are $45 per couple to attend all activities that weekend including a closing reception on Saturday March 26 hosted by the Marriage Resource Center of Wayne County. Tickets are $30 for couples who attend all activities but the reception, and $25 for couples who attend just the reception. Tickets for couples include entry into a special photo/essay contest on Friday March 25. For singles who want to get married one day, tickets are $20 per person for a day pass that will admit them to everything but the closing reception.


Tickets are available online at or by phone at (800) 838-3006.



Sponsors of Black Marriage Day at the Charles H. Wright Museum include MGM Grand Detroit, Andiamo Restaurant Group, the Marriage Resource Center of Wayne County, Esperanza Communications, Eco-Posh Events, B.L.A.C. Detroit magazine, Meijer, Epoch Catering and Oakland Mall.


FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011

Opening, Multipurpose Room, 6 pm
• Welcome by Dr. Kenya Ayers, creator/ host “Prescriptions for Hope” radio program, educator and motivational speaker
• Keynote Address by Jamil Muhammad, Director of Programs, Wedded Bliss Foundation, featured on CNN's "Black in America 2"
• Reception
• Black Marriage Day photography/essay contest; categories include:
Most Enduring -- For a couple married at least 10 years and still passionate about one another.
Overcomers -- For a couple that has faced, and beat, great hardship to stay together.
Against The Odds -- For a couple currently facing hardship, yet staying together in spite of it all.
Most Bountiful -- For a couple that, together, has four (4) or more children (not to include blended marriages).
Most Romantic Proposal -- For an officially engaged couple (marriage date must be set, and location booked).
Couple of the Year – Taking into account such factors as how this couple met, how long they have been married, what they have overcome to be together, their enduring passion and the well-being/success of their children.

Winning couples will receive dinner and an overnight hotel stay and massage at MGM Grand Detroit’s IMMERSE spa; or dinner for two at Andiamo Detroit; or a wedding planning package; or a $500 gift card to Meijer; or dinner for two at Forte Restaurant in Birmingham; retail gift cards or other prizes.


Registration & Opening Remarks, General Motors Theatre, 11:30 am - 2 pm
•    Welcome by Dr. Kenya Ayers, creator/ host “Prescriptions for Hope” radio program, educator and motivational speaker
•    Screening of the documentary, “Happily Ever After:  A Positive Image of Black Marriage,” followed by a facilitated discussion. Videos will be on sale afterward in the Museum gift shop for $19.99

Breakout Sessions, Classrooms
A Sessions, 2 - 2:50 pm
•    How To Know if You’ve Found “The One” -- For dating couples considering marriage (Kim Brooks, author, and president, Driven Enterprises LLC )
•    Building a Beautiful Wife (C. Ptolemy Pruden, author, “Building A Beautiful Wife”)
•    Enhancing your Marriage through Conversation (Annie Ayers, retired Detroit Public School principal)

B Sessions, 3 - 3:50 pm
•    Man as Priest, Provider, Protector (Aaron Hopson, author and executive director,- Gems from Joy)
•    Is Your Financial Foundation Firm? (Glinda Bridgforth, owner, Bridgforth Financial & Associates LLC, and author, “Girl, Get Your Money Straight!” and “Girl, Get your Credit Straight!”)
•    The Myths of Living Together vs. Marriage (TBA)

5 - 8 pm: Strolling Reception & Finale hosted by the Marriage Resource Center of Wayne County
•    Strolling reception
•    Vow renewal ceremony
•    Ballroom dancing
•    Awards -- Announce winners of photo/essay contest
•    Closing dance – All married couples will start on the dance floor together and, periodically being asked to peel off in groups of those married from the least amount of time to those married the longest, will leave the floor until the longest-married couples are the last on the floor.


For more information please call (313) 494-5800.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201-1443
(313) 494-5800
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