Black Marriage Day will be celebrated for the ninth year Sunday, March 25. It is celebrated annually at locally sponsored events hosted by faith-based and community groups on the fourth Sunday of each March. Starting with only 30 cities in 2003, hundreds of local sponsors plan to celebrate Black Marriage Day 2012 to highlight the benefits of marriage, pay tribute to successful marriages, and to promote marriage in the Black community.

This year’s national celebration of marriage is themed “It Takes Two” in honor of those couples who daily demonstrate the benefit of strong marriages.

Black Love Monthly offers seminars, trainings, and workshops partnered with community discussion sessions designed to address questions, find solutions, and hopefully provide important insight on relationships issues in the African American community.

Black Love Month, which is March, was the original effort giving birth to “A Celebration of Black History & Black Love.” Through considerable feedback and various requests from guests, the organization found that more specific trainings were necessary in order to enhance Black Love Month’s ability to reach and teach the community. This led to the birth of BlackLoveMonthly.com which strives to teach and learn how to give and receive love, joy, and happiness from each other and transfer it back into the community.

“The purpose is really to empower the community and we are trying to do that by strengthening male and female relationships,” said Laneay London co-founder of BlackLoveMonthly.com. “We are doing the event in collaboration with our church, Saving Grace Christian Ministries, and the name of its marriage ministry is ‘Couples Unplugged.’ The event will consist of presentations, a question and answer session and workshops.

“The presentation will be on the history of Black marriage and that will be followed by a question-and-answer portion,” said London. “We are going to have couples and individuals submit questions in a hat and then our pastor will try to answer them to the best of his ability, and then we will also go around and discuss those topics as a group,” she continued.

London also said the workshop will focus on “love languages,” which deals with understanding how your partner understands love and marriage, in order to promote healthy communication between couples.

The event is open to people of all denominations, though advice may be given from a religious standpoint, specifically looking at marriage from a world view versus a biblical view.

The event is completely free but attendees should RSVP with Tony@blacklovemonthly.com or Laneay@blacklovemonthly.com. The event will be held at Saving Grace Christian Ministries at 1122 West Avenue L12 #107 Lancaster, Calif.