By RICK HAYES firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — MT. VERNON — Three local couples will be recognized during the third annual Black Married Couples Hall of Fame dinner scheduled Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building at Veterans Memorial Park.
Couples will walk the red carpet at 5:30 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and a catered dinner will be served. The dinner is for individuals 18 years of age and older. Tickets are $25 each or $50 per couple.
Tim and Kelly Brinson, pastors of the Antioch International Assembly, 228 S. Ninth St., are the featured speakers.
"This will be the third year for this event," explained co-organizer Cleo Holt, representing Threefold Ministry. "It's an event we put together to recognize married couples in the community."
According to an organizational flyer, Black Marriage Day was started to create a cultural change in the black community to "rethink the way to look at marriage." It began in 2003 in response to low rates of black marriage and was created by Nisa Muhammad, executive director of the Washington based Wedded Bliss Foundation.
This year, three couples have been identified to be recognized. They were nominated by local community members and selected by an out-of-town committee. The couples to be recognized include: Anthony and Rose Moore, Elder James and Shirley Gordon and Timothy and Terria Westbrook.
Holt said the organization conducts studies throughout the year to help solidify marriages. Past studies have included: The Five Love Languages, Experiencing God as Couples, Marriage by the Book and Courageous.
"We invite anyone to come that want to participate," Holt said. "We discuss marriage, and specifically, how to make it better."
This is a catered event. Organizers are asking attendees to RSVP by calling the Holts at 214-8257 or 214-2111 or Elbert Cain at 237-8161. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Holt said the last two events have averaged between 55 to 65 people.