Charles & Darlene Dickson – Los Angeles, CA Married 41 Years – Anniversary: November 15, 1975
“The way our relationship lasts, is being receptive to change.” — Charles
Darlene interjects, “Being married to an artist is a challenge in itself. Anyone that has creativity flowing through them is not the 9 to 5 kinda person, so you gotta understand what that’s about and let it flow into what it’s going to be.”
Rudy & Mariana Heske – Los Angeles, California – Married 48 years – Anniversary November 9, 1968
“Our Goal is to make this marriage last.”—- Rudy
“We’ve never had a problem of spending too much money. If anything, we spent too little,” says Rudy. “I was in the habit, maybe from my dad, of putting half of whatever I made in the bank and the rest I have to learn to live with. If I didn’t have enough, that’s too bad. The money that’s in the bank has to stay there and grow. That’s what my dad drilled into me; you gotta have it because there will come a time you’ll want a new car or something. He said ‘don’t go into debt, that’s the worst thing you can do.'”
Richard & Trish Ruthsatz – Torrance, California Married 25 Years – Anniversary: October 28, 1991
“Richard recalled, “From the very second I said, ‘I Do,’ I felt different. After being together all those years and living together, I felt like we were a partnership, thick or thin–we were a team.” Trish explained, “Our marriage is successful because we get along really well; we don’t fight– but that’s not to say we don’t get upset with each other, but nothing lingers. We’ve realized that we love each other even over the differences we might have.”
I must say that the book, Always and Forever, Love is absolutely AMAZING! It is very rare that Black Love is captured in a book and have beautiful photos to support the stories. Kudos to the author, Mr. Otis G. Sanders for giving the African American community role models that exemplify true love. I am looking forward to more books like this from Mr. Sanders…keep up the wonderful work!
Troy & Kathy Harrison – Artesia, California – Married 25 years – Anniversary: October 12, 1991
“Our strong commitment to our marriage and to each other strengthens our bond.” — Troy
This past weekend Troy surprised Kathy by inviting a few of their close friends and family over to renew their vows on their 25th Anniversary! Kathy was totally surprised as she thought they were going to attend a friends wedding anniversary. After the vows and a bit of socializing, we all went to dinner. To some, 25 years seem like a long time, but life has a speed all its own. Happy Anniversary Troy & Kathy, it’s been a pleasure knowing you guys all these years!
Otis & Freda Sanders – Inglewood, California – Married 14 Years – Anniversary: October 11, 2016 “A successful marriage is even more important for our kids, they have the opportunity to see the interactions between their parents.” — Otis
Since this site is dedicated to celebrating long standing marriages I thought it fitting to wish the nation’s First couple a Happy Anniversary! October 3rd marks the 24th wedding anniversary of President Barack & First Lady Michelle Obama. It’s only fitting that the couple leading this country has been able to successfully chart a course through the ups and downs of marriage 24 years and counting!
Normally all the photos on this site are taken by yours truly, but this time I had to make an exception as I was not able to photograph the First Family myself. Instead I’m using an official photo by Pete Souza.
Willie & Eliza James -Tensaw, Alabama Married 75 Years – Anniversary: September 29, 1938
After 75 years of Marriage to Mrs. Eliza Mae James, Willie James passed on August 7, 2012. This couple set an excellent example of how a marriage can work: ’til death do they part’. Though they were married in the late 30’s neither of them could remember tough times during their marriage. Willie says he always had money because he always worked, he and his father build the “pole house” they lived in and they grew their own food. “Treating each other right”, was what he said helped him have a long standing successful marriage. It might sound too easy, but when you love a person enough to treat them right it’s not hard at all. His wife Eliza says, “I had in mind ‘I loved him’, and I thought I should spend my life with him.” That’s exactly what they did, they spent their lives together.
Bill & LaVerne Carter – Atlanta, Georgia – Married 49 years – Anniversary: August 26th
“We both knew who the CEO of our business, was and there was not, and is not a day that we leave our home without going to prayer together and thanking GOD for the opportunities He has blessed us with.” — LaVerne