11th Black Marriage Day & Family Development Conference

Theme: The Black Family: Reestablishing The Order in the midst of chaos.

Beginning at 12 noon and ending at 5pm, workshops centering around personal and family development will be available for youth, singles, married and unmarried couples. Workshops will cover topics, including but not limited to, parenting, good character, developing personal and family mission statements, co-parenting/blended families, sustaining marriage through life's transitions, being single and healthy and workshops for teens and youth ages 8 and up.


Lunch catered by Chef MaMusu will be available for purchase.

Donations will be accepted at the event.

Family Development Consist of these 3 areas:


Effective Parenting


Sharing goals and strategies toward raising healthy thriving children and building the communities necessary to support their growth. 


Family Development and Nationbuilding


What does it take to develop family? Collectively discovering how to establish and connect to African traditions and traditional Black family values to strengthen your family bonds, build a strong community and affect social change. 


Single Black and Committed


Family in the African context is husband, wife and children. What happens if you are unmarried? What kind of contribution can you make to the community as a single person?  Can you be fulfilled within community without a mate? Come join the discussion to address challenges and seek solutions, ask questions, and hear some wisdom from elders and experiences from other singles.


Black Marriage Day & Family Development Conference Agenda:



Welcome / Introduction / Acknowledgements                                                                 

History of Black Marriage Day 


Opening Plenary: The war paradigm (Looking at Black Family in its proper context)     


1:00PM – 2:15PM

Concurrent workshops

  1.  Developing Family Mission

  2. Singles Workshops – Challenges and Solutions

  3. Youth and Teen Tracks


2:15- 2:50pm


Break (Intermission, Lunch) 


“Sustaining Black Marriage through the Life Cycle” 

Panel Discussion



 Closing Remarks

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