Black Marriage Day
Charles H Wright Museum of African American History
Detroit, MI
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Black Marriage Day
This weekend event celebrating Black Marriage Day begins with a reception and panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Kenya Ayers, and launch of the Black Marriage Day photography / essay contest.



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.



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 and Oakland Mall.



FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011



Opening, Multipurpose Room, 6 pm

Welcome (Dr. Kenya Ayers, creator/ host "Prescriptions for Hope" radio program, educator and motivational speaker)

Remarks *(Nisa  Muhammad, founder, Black Marriage Day)

Together As One -- An ensemble of married couples perform to "Every Time I Close My Eyes" by Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds (choreographed by Sametra Seay, Spirit of the Moment)

Black Marriage panel discussion and Q&A  (facilitated by Dr. Ayers )

Closing, Rotunda, 7:30 p.m.

Black Marriage Day photography/essay contest.  Couples will be able to have a black and white photo taken of them by Kennette Lamar of Annistique Photography. They each can then submit their photo along with a written essay (forms will be available online and at the event) about their relationship to a team of experts who will judge a winning couple in each category:



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 retail gift cards or other prizes.



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.



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 and Oakland Mall.



SATURDAY, MARCH, 26, 2011

Opening, General Motors Theatre, 12-1:50 p.m.
   Welcome (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 p.m
   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 p.m.
   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)

Finale, Classrooms, 5-8 p.m.
Being 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.




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Location

Charles H Wright Museum of African American History
315 E Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
United States


Categories

Education > Workshops
Other > Family-Friendly
Social > Dating

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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