March 27 is Black Marriage Day. If you're wondering why you haven't heard of Hispanic Marriage Day or Asian Marriage Day or Native American Marriage Day—you get my drift—it's because they don't exist.
Sure, there's National Marriage Week each year from February 7 to February 14, but why is there a day specifically devoted to celebrating black matrimony? Because statistics show that black couples are not only less likely to get married than other races; they're also more likely to get divorced. 12 Signs You're Headed For Divorce
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Nisa Muhammad, founder of the Wedded Bliss Foundation, created Black Marriage Day in 2002 to raise awareness that marriage strengthens black families and the community as a whole.
"Black people have the lowest marriage rates in the country," Muhammad says. "Too many of our children are denied the gift of a two-parent family. Black men make more money and can bring women and children out of poverty, and marriage is the safest place for women and children, in terms of domestic violence and abuse. Communities with strong marriages have better schools, higher property values and lower crime. The recidivism rate for black men drops significantly when they get married, too. Marriage and crime don't seem to mix."
Do you agree that there should be a specific movement aimed at getting black men and women to marry? Consider these six statistics from 2005-2009 U.S. Census data:
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1. Black men and women are less likely to get married. Half of black men and women in their early thirties had never married, compared to less than a third of people in other racial groups.
2. Black women are less likely to get married than any other segment of the population—including black men. Black women ages 35 to 44 are the only American women in their child-bearing years with lower marriage rates than men of the same race or ethnicity. (For every five black men who married in 2008, one married a non-black woman.) Thirty-one percent of black women in their early forties have never been married, yet the same holds true for only nine percent of white, 11 percent of Asian and 12 percent of Hispanic women.