Healthy Marriages: A Different Kind of Stimulus Package

Mar 20, 2009

What: “Healthy Marriages and Strengthening Communities” is the theme of a conference at Howard University’s Blackburn Center on March 20 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The goal of the conference is to provide information and resources needed to strengthen DC’s most valuable resource…its families. The conference includes workshops on topics such as healthy marriage, responsible fatherhood, domestic violence, and finances. There will also be special afternoon seminars for high school and college youth called First Comes Love, Building Self Esteem and Responsible Dating. Roland Warren, President of the National Fatherhood Initiative will give the morning plenary and Dr. Maria Kefalas, author of Why Poor Mothers Choose Motherhood Over Marriage will be the luncheon guest speaker. The day also includes resource tables, an evening reception and the DC debut of the play Jump the Broom.

Who: DC Strengthening Families Coalition is a partnership with; Administration for Children & Families, Greater Washington Urban League, DC Dept. of Human Services, DC Head Start Association, SHIRE, United Planning Organization, African American Healthy Marriage Initiative, Alan J. Inman Enterprises, Family First DC, Galilee Baptist Church, Howard University Blackburn Center, Howard University School of Social Work, Kingmaker Foundation, LifeSTARTS, Wedded Bliss Foundation.

Event Chairs: Diann Dawson, Director of the Office of Regional Operations within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Maudine R. Cooper, President and CEO, Greater Washington Urban League.

When:Friday, March 20, 2009

  • Registration & Continental Breakfast: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
  • Conference: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Reception: 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
  • Theatre Production, “Jump the Broom”: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Attire: Business

Conference Fee: Adults: $100.00, Students $50.00 (limited scholarships available) for conference)


Howard University’s Blackburn Center
2397 6th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059

Why: The main thrust of the conference is centered on family and community strengthening strategies to enhance the quality of life. There will be something there for everyone. With the challenges we are facing with this tough economy, the timing for a conference of this magnitude is perfect. The conference will engage area residents, government, non-profit, faith based and community leaders in a dialogue to improve child and family well being and participants will be exposed to services, networking opportunities addressing strategies for healthy marriages, responsible fatherhood practitioners, and other community leaders handling healthy marriage, healthy relationship education, and other support services.

For more information or to register for the conference visit, send an email to, or call 202-265-8200 x 250.

Contact: Robyn Wilkes (Greater Washington Urban League) 202-265-8200 x 250 or