*Ronnie Devoe, member of the iconic group New Edition (now known as RBRM), and his wife Shamari from the 90’s R&B group Blaque, recently teamed up with marriage coaches Martez and Woodrina Layton as hosts of the “Married 4 Life Walk.”
The spirited event convened dozens of married couples from Across Atlanta as part of the growing Married 4 Life movement, which aims to celebrate marriage and empower those who have embarked on the life-long journey together.
Speakers and spiritual leaders took the stage prior to the two mile trek in order to share their experiences with their spouses and to join in prayer and song. Then, all couples were instructed to hold hands for the entire duration of the walk, symbolizing their unbreakable bond.
With divorce rates in America at an alarming 50 percent, leaders urged attendees not to succumb to the pressures of society by taking the easy way out.
“We are here fighting for marriage – Black, White, young old, Hispanic, Baptist, Pentecostal. It doesn’t matter what your church is or what your financial status is What matters is that you are making a legacy for your family,” said Martez Layton. “That is what the Married 4 Life Walk is about; never letting go of the hand you are holding. We are all winners. It is easy to quit, it is easy to give up. But fighting for your marriage takes a commitment, it takes a decision.”
As entertainers, Ronnie and Shamari DeVoe have experienced first-hand how fragile marriages can be, as they have seen many of their peers take the leap only to quit on their relationships in a few years or even a few months.
“When you are in entertainment and you get married, the first thing most people think is that it is not going to last, Ronnie said. “Me and my wife have had challenges over the years just like other couples, but we knew that one of the ways we were going to be able to get through these challenges was to hold hands and never let go. We decided that we were going to fight for what we built.”
After an eventful morning, the celebration culminated later that evening with a couples mixer at Revel nightclub, featuring performances by Ronnie and Shamari DeVoe, rising actress and singer Cree Davis and Grammy nominated music producer Khao Cates.
For more information visit www.dreambuilderscoaching.net and follow the movement on Facebook and Instagram at @married4lifewalk.