The fifth annual Black Marriage Day in Richmond on Saturday, March 26 from 12:30 to 5 pm. The event is free and offers information for singles, married and unmarried couples and teens. There will be workshops in relationships skills, finances and more. Partnering with First Things First of Greater Richmond, Black Marriage Day organizers will be offering a class on how to keep disagreements from escalating, hosted by LeMar Bowens who hosts Real Talk Real Change on WCLM radio and who’s been featured in this newspaper.
Black Marriage Day was developed in 2001 by Nisa Muhammad of Washington DC and is now celebrated in over 300 cities and communities. Local organizer Adia Shabazz, initially began organizing Black Marriage Day in Richmond after attending a conference where she heard Nisa speak. Although she wanted to eventually be married, Adia was not married then, yet wanted to support marriages. At the conference she learned that there were many ways to support healthy marriages without being a part of one. She decided to organize a Black Marriage Day celebration in Richmond. Her effort to support marriage led her to her own: Adia and husband Kindu Shabazz work together on Richmond’s Black Marriage Day. www.blackmarriagedayrva.org
East District Family Resource Center, 2405 Jefferson Ave.