Black Marriage Day 2010 Hits Long Beach, CA with "Celebrate the Joy"

Keeping Black marriage in the forefront, will keep Black families together. Stronger families have stronger communities.

Long Beach, CA, March 13, 2010 --( Black Marriage Day 2010: “Celebrate The Joy”

Blessings All Around, Angela Chester Ministries and Wedded Bliss Foundation, Inc., will present the Eighth Annual Black Marriage Day celebration, Sunday, March 28, 2010, with the theme “Celebrate The Joy.”

Blessings All Around and Angela Chester Ministries, will join activists in hundreds of cities around the country to highlight the benefits of married life and offer celebrations to strengthen and promote marriage in Long Beach’s Black community. Offering free premarital counseling to those getting married, Rev. Angela Butts-Chester, knows having a good foundation is the key to a great marriage.

Wedded Bliss Foundation is also encouraging local Black Marriage Day sponsors across the country to involve youth in their Black Marriage Day events on Sunday, March 28, 2010, with film festivals, workshops, conferences, marriage vow renewals and much more.

“You don’t have to live up to the current statistics on Black marriage in the US. You can be the one to change the fate of your family. Take back Black love and marriage! Making a change for yourself, is making a positive change for the world. You will always be a statistic – why not make it a positive one?”, explained Angela Chester Ministries’ Spokesperson Rev. Angela Butts-Chester.

“We’re creating a cultural shift in the Black community to reconsider the benefits of marriage and “Celebrate The Joy” that exists in spite of the pain we often experience,” Wedded Bliss Foundation Executive Director Nisa Muhammad said. “Much of what we hear about marriage in the Black community is a blues song about low rates, out of wedlock births, escalating divorces and how somebody done somebody wrong. We want to replace that blues song with a love song of joy. We want to Celebrate The Joy!“

Black Marriage Day has been celebrated annually at locally sponsored events hosted by faith-based and community groups on the fourth Sunday of March since 2003. Marriage activists in more than 300 cities participated in 2009, Mrs. Muhammad said.

Wedded Bliss Foundation and Black Marriage Day activities have been featured nationally in Black Enterprise and Essence magazines, plus on CNN News, and the Michael Baisden Show.

Rev. Angela Butts-Chester is a Pastoral Counselor in Long Beach, Ca, with Angela Chester Ministries. She offers Officiant services with Blessings All Around and hosts I Do Radio. Rev. Chester is the author of Before You Tie The Knot –A Premarital Counseling Workbook for the DIY Couple.


Rev. Angela Butts Chester, DD, is a pioneer in the field of family destiny fulfillment. As a Pastoral Counselor, she blends a motivational spirit with a love for helping others, into a system that shows families how to keep the happiness, love, prosperity and abundance within the household.

Following in her family’s footsteps, she became an ordained minister in 2005. Starting a family ministry was a must for Rev. Chester, thus Blessings All Around was born. This blessing ministry not only focuses on marrying couples, but various ceremonies that form bonds and traditions; ways to keep the family together.

Rev. Chester has taken her expertise to the Internet. As the host of I Do Radio, she discusses wedding issues to assist engaged couples with ceremony dos-and-don'ts and wedding vendor issues.

As the author of Before You Tie The Knot - A Premarital Counseling Workbook For The DIY Couple, Angela Chester Ministries, focuses on keeping you on track and faith focused.
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