March 15, 2013

Deadline today for Black Marriage Hall of Fame

Submitted by Event Organizers

— The deadline to nominate yourself or someone you love for the Black Marriage Day 2013 Marriage Hall of Fame is today.

The Black Marriage Day 2013 Marriage Hall of Fame is a heartfelt effort to recognize, and awaken in others, the importance and significance of marriage in the black community. The theme this year is, “Marriage changes things!”

Four longtime married couples together at least 20 years will be named as honorees. One newlywed married couple married at least two years that shows great promise will be named as well. These five couples will be inducted into Dalton’s Black Marriage Day 2013 Marriage Hall of Fame on Sunday, March 24, at 4 p.m. The honorees will receive a framed 8 by 10-inch commemorative portrait, complimentary “Dating My Spouse” card and a plaque with their names will be added to the previous winners’ to be on display at the Emery Center.

Honorees are selected based on the following criteria: they must be a male and female married couple, at least one, but not necessarily both spouses must be black, their contributions to the community and other facts presented. New this year: the process will be simplified. Couples for recognition will be asked to write themselves or a nominator can write a love story about their marriage of two years or more.

All previous couples who have won will be invited for a special feature focused on them. “Love Story” cover pages are available through the Concerned Clergy, the Concerned Citizens, Family Frameworks and the Mack Gaston Community Center.

Dalton’s Black Marriage Day committee, in cooperation with Family Frameworks locally and Wedded Bliss Foundation Inc. nationally, will host the Black Marriage Day 2013 Marriage Hall of Fame at the Mack Gaston Community Center, 218 Fredrick St.

National Black Marriage Day was started 16 years ago by Founder Nisa Muhammad in Washington, D.C. Dalton is one of 300 cities to celebrate this event nationwide. This is the sixth year for the event in Dalton. The event is free.

 Jerry and Annette Smith and O’Bryant and ReeAnn Macon will co-chair this year’s event.  

For more information, contact Karen Nelson, committee co-chair, at c/o NelStar Enterprises, 1323 W. Walnut Ave., Suite 2-220, Dalton, GA 30720; (414) 759-9585; or