joins Wedded Bliss Foundation, Inc.
(WBF) and hundreds of organizations in cities around the country to celebrate Black Marriage Day
(BMD) on Saturday and Sunday, March 22 and 23, 2014. This event will remind the local community of two very important elements that have remained constant in building strong foundations for marriages and families: the element of laughter and the element of spirituality. On Saturday, March 22,
a pre-BMD comedy event features comedian Ron Baker Jr.
He will entertain at Chalfant Hall on Olivet's campus, beginning at 6 p.m. There will also be a live band, games, prizes and giveaways. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.On Sunday, March 23,
a community worship service
will be held at Second Baptist Church, 717 N. Wildwood Ave., Kankakee, Ill. It begins at 4 p.m. with Dr. James Hudson — a Kankakee native and senior pastor of Harrison Street Baptist Church in Paducah, Ky. — as the keynote speaker. A free-will offering will be collected.
“Although the primary focus of Black Marriage Day is on Black marriages, this celebration is designed to and will offer resources to empower the divine institution of marriage in all races,” says Alisha Clark, associate director/cultural liaison for Marriage, Inc. “This event is not exclusively for Black married couples and is open to all who are interested in learning more about the culture of Black marriage, in particular.”
This year’s event theme is “Building a Strong Foundation — Back to the Basics.” The goal is to let communities know that marriage promotes positive and permanent change in the lives of individuals and families.
BMD has been celebrated annually at locally sponsored events hosted by faith-based and community groups on the fourth Sunday of March since 2003. The purpose is to highlight and promote marriage in the Black community. In 2013, supporters of marriage in more than 300 cities participated.
"Married couples in the Black community are nearly invisible, but they do exist,” says WBF’s Executive Director Nisa Muhammad. “We're creating a cultural shift in the Black community to reconsider the benefits of marriage and show the many couples who know that with marriage couples are ‘Building a Strong Foundation.’”
Tickets for the comedy event and additional information for the worship service are available at marriageinc.org/bmd
or call 815-939-5385.