Saturday, March 27, 2010

Black Marriage Day 2010 - By Sherri L. Smith

Don’t let the media fool you. Black love is a alive and well and not just black love, black marriage. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the Obamas. Despite all the articles highlighting the plight of single, professional black women and their inadvertent march into spinsterdom, there are African-American men and women who are taking the plunge. Despite all the stereotypes about no good black men and unruly black women, there are couples that chose to look past the negativity and embrace love — and each other. Not only are they jumping the proverbial broom, they’re sticking it out, raising families, and taking all of life’s up and downs in stride and most importantly together.

In celebration of the sanctity of marriage and stability of the African-American family, married black couples are celebrating the eighth annual Black Marriage Day. Taking place on the fourth Sunday of March, married black couples celebrate their union through a serious of galas, workshops, and other activities. To instill the virtues of marriage to the next generation, many communities throw Tom Thumb weddings and hold seminars. According to the Associated Press, the founder of the day, Nisa Muhammad, estimates there will be 300 events across the country celebrating the joys of being black and married.

To get the world out about black marriage and maybe get some folks closer to taking the walk, the Wedded Bliss Foundation is releasing the documentary “You Saved Me”. Set to debut in 25 cities, the film “features candid looks inside the hardships and trials of relationships and what is required to sustain them. Filmmakers Lamar and Ronnie Tyler bring five real married couples to the screen who show how marriage has a direct impact on their lives.”
Another initiative is to encourage married couples to renew their vows in honor of Tyler Perry’s new film “Why Did I Get Married Too?” The event is focused around five cities including Dallas, Atlanta, and Washington D.C.

“This year the passion for celebrating Black Marriage Day is bigger and better than ever,” Muhammad said. “Marriage matters to the Black community, and we want everyone to know.”

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