Black Marriage Day Weekend
Charles H Wright Museum of African American History
Detroit, MI
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Black Marriage Day Weekend
Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey, NBC former Biggest Loser Carla Triplett, Praise 102.7FM midday host Randi Myles, and other Detroit notables will gather at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, to celebrate Black Marriage Day 2012. This will mark the second straight year that the museum has partnered with another well-established, community-based nonprofit in Detroit, the Marriage Resource Center, to promote the African American family through this national initiative

Ms. Winfrey will help to open Black Marriage Day 2012  Friday evening by delivering the keynote address, "Marriage Is For Us," with her husband, Tyrone Winfrey, chief of staff for the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan. Couples will gain valuable insight to help strengthen their marriage from other special guests throughout the entire weekend event, plus they will be able to renew their vows, dine and dance the night away, compete against other couples for prizes and more.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (800) 838-3006, or at the Museum for $50 per couple and $30 per individual. They can be purchased for $55 per couple and $35 per individual at the door on Friday evening, March 23. Couples that have married at the Wright Museum can purchase tickets at a special rate of $45 in advance.  Sponsors of this event include Meijer, Best Western PLUS Sterling Inn, Songs of Solomon Marriage Ministries, B.L.A.C. Detroit magazine and Petals & Gems.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

Opening, Ford Freedom Rotunda, 6 pm
Welcome (Carla Triplett, former contestant, NBC's "The Biggest Loser," Season 7)
Together As One, an ensemble of married couples performing to "The Only One" by Ayiesha Woods (choreography by Sondra Jackson, director, Spirit of the Moment)

"Marriage Is For Us," keynote address (Janice and Tyrone Winfrey, Detroit City Clerk and chief of staff, Education Achievement Authority of Michigan, respectively)
Black Marriage Day photography/essay contest; couples will be able to have their photo taken by Kennette Lamar of Annistique Photography. They can then submit that photo along with a written essay 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 15 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 such prizes as a $500 Meijer gift card, overnight stay at Best Western PLUS Sterling Inn (site of the Indoor Water Park Recreation Center), "Marriage Bootcamp" hosted by Songs of Solomon Marriage Ministries, subscription to B.LA.C. Detroit magazine and more.


Opening, General Motors Theatre, 11 am

Is It Worth It? panel discussion/Q&A among married couples (facilitated by Randi Myles, midday host and assistant program director, Praise 102.7 "Detroit's Inspiration Station")

Breakout Sessions, Classrooms
A Sessions, 3 - 3:50 pm
Married with Kids (C. Ptolemy and Tosha Pruden, author, public speaker and business owner, and former U.S. Senate staffer, respectively)
Pillow Talk: Communicating with Ease, (Ron and LaShun Franklin, board president and secretary, respectively, Marriage Resource Center)
Before You Say "I Do:" For Couples with Marriage on the Horizon (Shelita Williams, author, motivational speaker and goals coach)

B Sessions, 4 - 4:50 pm
Yours, Mine, Ours and Other Blended Family Dynamics (Christina Dixon, vice chair, board of directors, Marriage Resource Center)
Money and Marriage: Making It Work for You (Earthel Parker, author, "Financial Nuggets")
Single in the City: Myths and Pitfalls to Being an Urban Single Looking for That Special Someone (Sabrina Jackson, PhD, founder, Sabrina Jackson Enterprises Inc.)

Finale, Multipurpose Room, 5 - 8 pm
Being hosted by the Marriage Resource Center

Strolling reception
Vow renewal ceremony (the Rev. Stanley Rayford, pastor, Restoration Fellowship Tabernacle)
Ballroom dancing

Awards - Winners of photo/essay contest announced

Closing dance for married couples

*Music and ballroom dancing instruction provided by MC Jae Sweeps and DJ Red of


Charles H Wright Museum of African American History (View)
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
United States


Education > Workshops
Other > Holiday

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!