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Black Marriage Day – March 23, 2023

Black Marriage Day takes place on March 23. Black Marriage Day officially began in 2003 in the United States. The purpose of Black Marriage Day is to emphasize the beauty of Black marriages and to celebrate couples for their sacrifices and loyalty. The idea is to strengthen family and community ties so that children are raised in a safe and wholesome environment. It started with 30 communities, and in 2021 there were more than 300 participating communities. The day defies the stereotype of weak and unstable marriages and encourages people to build their own healthy relationships.

History of Black Marriage Day

Black Marriage Day is a celebration of marriage and family, as well as their significance in African-American society. Nisa Muhammad, the founder of the Washington, D.C. nonprofit Wedded Bliss Foundation, created the holiday in 2003. Black Marriage Day seeks to promote healthy relationships among Black youth, singles, and couples so that more Black children can benefit from the advantages of a two-parent home. A year after she launched her campaign, 30 cities throughout the country had signed on. The national celebration has since grown and is now observed in more than 300 communities.

Every year, Black Marriage Day is observed in city halls, community centers, institutions of worship, and other metropolitan areas around the country. Black Marriage Day is one of the Wedded Bliss Foundation’s main events. Wedded Bliss Foundation was established in 2001 by executive director Nisa I. Muhammad. It has evolved from humble beginnings into a non-profit organization supporting families and communities across the U.S.

The non-profit aims to change the narrative of black relationships and help create lasting change. Its events aim to support adults and teens in building and maintaining healthy relationships as well as marriages. The goal is to create a loving and welcoming environment for children. The Wedded Bliss Foundation organizes sessions, technical assistance, and professional training for those that need it. Events are held with the support and partnership of several organizations, charities, businesses, and individuals. Interested parties offer financial support and volunteer time to help advocate for Black couples everywhere.

Black Marriage Day timeline

2350 B.C.
The First Documented Proof of Marriage

Marriage ceremonies enter the record books in ancient Mesopotamia.

1948
Interracial Relationships

The California Supreme Court becomes the first State High Court to rule that the state's interracial marriage ban is unconstitutional.

2001
Wedded Bliss Foundation is Born

The Wedded Bliss Foundation is founded by Nisa I. Muhammad.

2003
The Day is Founded

Nisa Muhammad creates Black Marriage Day.

Black Marriage Day FAQs

Is there a day for husbands?

Husband Appreciation Day is commemorated every year on the third Saturday in April. Husband Appreciation Day is a day to express your affection and spend quality time with the special man in your life.

What are the elements of African marriage?

The consensus is that marriage offers emotional support, consistent sexual intimacy, healthy companionship and behaviors, and prosperity. These perceived benefits are responsible for the elevated status of married couples.

What is the average age of marriage for Black women?

Surveys found that three-quarters of Black women marry before they turn 35, according to census data from 2005 to 2009.

How to Observe Black Marriage Day

  1. Spend time with your partner

    Marriage is also the union of two families and two worlds. Involve your family and friends to make your celebrations even more memorable.

  2. Renew your vows

    It’s never too late to start afresh. Reaffirm your dedication to your spouse and Black Marriage Day in style.

  3. Show your support on socials

    Share adorable pictures of yourself and your partner on social media. Use the hashtag and celebrate other black couples to spread the love around.

5 Facts About Marriage That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. A low rate

    Washington, D.C. has the lowest marriage rate in the country.

  2. The whole nine yards

    The longest marriage ever documented lasted more than 90 years.

  3. Black women don't get married?

    The constant barrage of news reports regarding the Black marriage rate gives the idea that Black women's chances of walking down the aisle are gloomy.

  4. High on love

    Falling in love has the same effects on the human body as using cocaine.

  5. A dealbreaker

    Over sex, compatibility, friendship, and forgiveness, couples choose trust as the most important factor in a happy marriage.

Why Black Marriage Day is Important

  1. It gives special attention to Black couples

    This day brings to mind the beauty of Black marriages. Black Marriage Day was established to recognize husbands and wives for their unending commitment that keeps these marriages together.

  2. Community values

    Black Marriage Day is observed to sustain African-American families and homes. The values of trust and loyalty are passed down from parents to their children.

  3. Who doesn’t love love?

    Does anyone need an excuse to appreciate love? Yeah, we don’t think so either.

Black Marriage Day dates

YearDateDay
2023March 23Thursday
2024March 23Saturday
2025March 23Sunday
2026March 23Monday
2027March 23Tuesday

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