Five decades later, the Moynihan Report still holds revelations about black families and fathers

 “The Moynihan Report Revisited” Set to Release by the Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Fathers Incorporated and the Urban Institute at Fatherhood Forum

New York, NY ( — On June 19, 2013, Fathers Incorporated ( and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (Beta Psi Sigma Chapter), will be hosting a Practitioners Fatherhood Forum entitled “Bearing FRUIT: Fatherhood Resources United to Ignite Transformation.” The focus of the forum is to increase awareness of the detrimental effects of fatherlessness in ethnic communities. By identifying the public/private resources available to combat fatherlessness, the event aims to engage network practitioners to work with fathers, helping to establish a connection to the available services and resources. The event will take place from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the New York Botanical Garden located at 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY. To register visit:

As part of the program and in honor of Father’s Day, Fathers Incorporated and the Urban Institute will hold a press conference revealing an update of one of the most controversial social analyses, Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action,” which probed the roots of black poverty and the decline of the black nuclear family. The press conference will be held from 12:15 to 12:45 PM. Speakers will include: Gregory Acs (Urban Institute), Lynn Chwatsky (Sesame Workshop) and others.

Five decades after Moynihan’s analyses, “The Moynihan Report Revisited” gauges how the circumstances of black families have changed and how they compare with other racial and ethnic groups. The report further documents how blacks still suffer from intersecting disadvantages that Moynihan referred to as a “tangle of pathologies,” with each negative factor reinforcing the other.

For instance:

* Between the early 1960s and 2009, the percentage of black children born to unmarried mothers tripled and remained far higher than the percentage of white children born to unmarried mothers.

* In 1960, 20 percent of black children lived with their mothers but not their fathers; by 2010, over half of all black children lived in such families.

The report concludes with suggestions for improving the circumstances of black families today and reducing racial disparities.
About Fathers Incorporated:

Established in 2004, Fathers Incorporated (FI), a national not-for-profit organization based in New York, is committed to eliminating fatherlessness and increasing the commitment of men to become mentors. Over the last several months, the campaign has garnered international attention and is supported by the White House and several major U.S. cities. Currently, FI is the contractor for the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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