TENTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
Presented by the Charles H. Wright Museum and Marriage Resource Center
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Joining city halls, community centers, houses of worship and other institutions in 300 communities nationwide, The Wright Museum and Marriage Resource Center are joining forces once again to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Black Marriage Day. Attending couples will have complimentary access to all museum exhibits.
Opening, General Motors Theater, 11 am
• Welcome by Randi Myles, midday host, Praise 102.7, Detroit’s Inspiration Station
• Performance by New Millennium Dance Productions
• Keynote address by Nneka J. Owens, Dearborn psychotherapist featured in Essence magazine, and on WXYZ Channel 7 and Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network
Luncheon courtesy of Dorsey Culinary School, Multipurpose Room, 1 pm
• Featuring the comedy of Horace H.B. Sanders
Photo/Essay Contest, 3 pm
*Winning couples will receive Meijer gift cards, dinner for two (2) at Fishbone’s restaurant, complimentary overnight luxury hotel accommodations and more.
Couples will be able to have their photo taken by Marlon Hines. They can then submit that photo along with a fully filled-out contest essay form about their relationship to a team of experts who will judge a winning pair in each category:
Most Enduring – For a couple married at least 15 years and still passionate about one another
Overcomers – For a couple that has or is facing, and beating, great 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; ceremony location should be booked)
Sexiest Couple – For that committed, eye-catching couple that, despite kids and careers and whatever else, still manages to keep the spark in their marriage
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
Power Session, Orientation Theatre, 4:15 pm
• Money and Marriage: Making It Work for You (Earthel Parker, author, Financial Nuggets)
Finale hosted by the Marriage Resource Center, Multipurpose Room, 5 pm
• Vow renewal ceremony
• Strolling reception
• Announce and award winners of the photo/essay contest
• Dinner courtesy of Dorsey Culinary School
• 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.
*Music and ballroom dancing instruction provided by DetroitDJ.net