of Kankakee County — in cooperation with Wedded Bliss Foundation, Inc.
— will present the 10th Annual Black Marriage Week observation, Sunday, March 17, through Friday, March 22, 2013, with the theme “Marriage Changes Things – for Good!”
Marriage, Inc. and its affiliates will join supporters in hundreds of cities around the country to highlight the benefits of married life by promoting Black marriage in Kankakee County, Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.
“Marriage, Inc. wholeheartedly embraces the Black Marriage Week Initiative across the nation,” said Beth Olney, co-director of Marriage, Inc. “Research repeatedly shows that where marriages are strong and plentiful, communities are healthy. Our citizens and families will benefit from this renewed emphasis on marriage.”
Joining the Marriage, Inc. effort will be Lamar and Ronnie Tyler
; Tyler New Media
) of Atlanta. The Tylers are sought-after marriage workshop facilitators and were recently named to Ebony’s
Top 100 Most Influential African-Americans list. They have also received recognition on the family and marriage circuit from Parent
magazine, The Washington Post
and BlackEnterprise.com, among others.
Couples participating in Black Marriage Week are invited to share in a series of special events, including:
• Sunday, March 17
— Community Worship Service at the Greater New Hope
Baptist Church, Kankakee
• Monday, March 18
— “The State of Black Marriage” public forum at the Kankakee Public Library
• Tuesday, March 19
— Facebook campaign with posts to the Marriage, Inc. page on “Why I Value My Marriage”
• Wednesday, March 20
— Community Marriage Workshop at the Mount Olive Baptist Church, Bradley
• Thursday, March 21
— Film screening of “Still Standing
” with Lamar and Ronnie Tyler at the Paramount Theater, Kankakee*
• Friday, March 22
— Two events:
Black Marriage Week Dinner & Banquet, Quality Inn & Suites, Bradley*
Black Marriage Week IMPact Presentation, Quality Inn & Suites, Bradley*
*Ticketed events — Purchase tickets at marriageinc.org/bmw
Local hotels are offering participants block rates for Thursday and Friday packages.
"Marriage has always mattered to the Black community, and this celebration lets the world know. We're creating a cultural shift in the Black community to reconsider the benefits of marriage and show the many couples who understand, ‘Marriage Changes Things – for Good!’” said Wedded Bliss Foundation Executive Director Nisa Muhammad.
Since 2003, Black Marriage Day has been celebrated annually at locally sponsored events hosted by faith-based and community groups on the fourth Sunday of March. In 2011, marriage proponents participated in more than 300 cities nationwide. Marriage, Inc. is expanding this celebration to an entire week.
For additional information about events, tickets and hotels, go to marriageinc.org/bmw
or call 815-939-5385.