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For many black Americans, putting a ring on it just isn’t a priority. Close to 42 percent of African American adults have never been married, and by their early 40s, 31 percent of black women have never been wives, compared with 9 percent of white women, 11 percent of Asian women, and 12 percent of Hispanic women.

But, in a show of support for black matrimony, African American couples in cities across the country are renewing their vows in honor of Black Marriage Day and encouraging others in committed relationships to head to the altar, too.

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Organizers of the March 28 observance are hoping that this year, the loving union of President Barack Obama and the First Lady will inspire other African American couples to put marriage before the baby carriage.

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